Carlos Santana Gets Olivia Harrison's Blessing for 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' Cover
For Carlos Santana's latest album, 'Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time,' the axeman teams with vocalists like Chris Cornell, Rob Thomas and Scott Weiland to cover songs by Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Rolling Stones and more. During a recent press junket in Las Vegas, the guitar legend admitted that the album, which was conceived by Clive Davis, initially made him nervous.
"I feel really grateful and really honored that he pursued with a lot of intensity and diligently, because I was afraid, straight up," Santana said of working with Davis. "Each time he convinced me, he took layers and layers of fear and made me realize there's a way to crystallize these beautiful songs in a way that, like Wayne Shorter would say, 'We have arrived completely new, totally familiar.'"
One of the keys to the album is that Santana and Davis don't treat the songs as sacred works of art: rapper Nas reinvents AC/DC's 'Back in Black,' and India.Arie takes vocals on the Beatles' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,' with Yo-Yo Ma adding an elegant cello track to the cover.
Among those on hand in Vegas to hear the new album and see Santana perform with Arie, Chris Daughtry and Bush's Gavin Rossdale was Olivia Harrison, the widow of George Harrison. As she told Spinner, Santana was meant to do her late husband's guitar classic.
"It completes the circle really. Carlos is really the one that can close it. Eric Clapton did it, Prince did it [with] that