Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, 62, proposed to his girlfriend, 50-year-old drummer Cindy Blackman, onstage at his concert in Tinley Park, Illinois, on Friday. After she accepted, the couple kissed and fans cheered on the moment.
“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other,” Santana said in a statement released to MTV News. “Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful. I look forward to expressing that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share.”
The proposal came right after Blackman, a noted jazz percussionist who has worked with Lenny Kravitz and Cassandra Wilson, joined Santana for a drum solo on his track “Corazon Espinado.”
Santana is about two months into the first leg of his Universal Tone Tour and is currently preparing for the release of Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, his first studio album in six years. The tour’s next leg kicks off in late September — right around the release of the new project — with a monthlong stretch in Europe.
No wedding information has been released yet, but this will be Santana’s second marriage. His first was to Deborah Santana, his wife of 34 years; she filed for divorce in 2007.
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