After selling more than 20 million copies of 1999's Supernatural
, Carlos Santana
may not have anyone else to answer to -- except his wife. From mid-October to May of next year, the legendary guitarist will take a break from recording and touring and do just that.
"It's important for me to be a husband for six months -- no Santana, no concerts. My priorities are very clear," he said Wednesday in Toronto where he was presented with a diamond award representing a million units sold in Canada (gold is 50,000). "Fortunately, I'm not pressured to do anything until then. People can send me songs and I'll listen to them. But I'm not scheduled to go into the studio until next May."
Carlos said Sting
have "shown interest" in working with him on the follow-up to Santana's multi-Grammy-winning Supernatural
, which features collaborations with Rob Thomas
, Cee-Lo, Wyclef Jean
, Lauryn Hill
, Eric Clapton
, Dave Matthews
. He'd also like to work with more women -- "hopefully Aretha [Franklin]
, Whitney [Houston]
, Patti Labelle.
Santana, the band -- which includes Chester Thompson, Raul Rekow, Karl Perazzo, Tony Lindsay, Benny Rietveld and Rodney Holmes -- is currently including new material in its live set. "'Victory' is a song that I wrote after hearing a speech by Desmond Tutu," Santana said. "We started working on a new song with [tour mate] Macy Gray
but she's still learning it. It's called 'Gold Digger'. It's really campy because the ladies that sing with her have red wigs and it's kind of Seventies campy stuff."
He said he is definitely scheduled to perform a tribute to Tito Puente
at the Latin Grammy Awards and is "contemplating" bringing his whole band down to play. "I have to convince my wife," he reiterated. Other than that, he says he will only perform with other artists if they come to the San Francisco Bay Area.
"I'd like to do something with Emilio Estefan and his wife Gloria
, Ricky Martin
, Jennifer Lopez
, Marc Anthony
-- and do something that would bring more attention to the Latin community," he explained. "Obviously, with the Grammys we're OK now, but in the movies and the Oscars, we're still invisible. That's the only reason why once in a while I'd leave my house, to bring a certain evenness to Los Angeles, which is the heart of the industry."
Written by KAREN BLISS for RollingStone.com News