Scheduled for release on April 15, Santana IV will reunite virtuoso guitar player Carlos Santana with bandmates from his classic 1971 lineup. The recording, which features Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums) will be the first time in 41 years that this five-piece has come together. The album also receives contributions from percussionist Karl Perazzo, bassist Benny Rietveld and vocalist Ronald Isley.In lieu of this momentous occasion, Santana has revealed that the band will be playing their first show since 1973 at the House of Blues Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay on March 21. The show will also be taped for for an upcoming DVD and TV release. Pre-sale tickets for the event go on sale Saturday, March 5 at 10 AM PST, with public on sale beginning March 14 at 9 AM. More ticketing details can be found here.Fans can get a sneak peak of Santana IV here with the new slow-burning single Santana has just released today titled “Blues Magic,” which you can stream below:For a further look inside the making of the new album, check out the new teaser trailer via Guitar World here.
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MORE: Ultimate upcycled mansion his market This home at 34 Wentworth Pde, Balmoral, is for sale. Picture supplied.THERE was the 50th birthday bash featuring an Elvis impersonator and seven-piece band, countless kids’ birthday celebrations, work dinner parties and, who could forget, the extravagant black-tie cocktail soiree for 60 guests?“It has been a house of parties,” says Hedy Cray, the owner of this Balmoral beauty, which she has called home for the past eight years.“The space is phenomenal for entertaining.” Brisbane, Gold Coast among world’s best luxury cities This home at 34 Wentworth Pde, Balmoral, is for sale. Picture supplied.Mrs Cray is referring to the open-plan living and dining area and the breathtaking views beyond of the Brisbane city skyline, which appears so close, you could almost reach out and touch the Story Bridge.Yet there’s no evidence of any partying having taken place at 34 Wentworth Parade.In fact, the oyster pearl marble floor tiles are so sparkling, you could practically eat off them.In the past six months Mrs Cray and her husband Alistair have ripped up and replaced 550 sq m of tiles. The couple built the house from scratch in 2012 and recently spent about $280,000 on improvements.They wanted an inner-city home that had everything, which was a challenge that the architect Loucas Zahos accepted.A significant excavation allowed them to create four levels of space, spanning 859 sq m under one roof — all accessed via stairs or a nine-person, commercial lift.“We gave the architect a very big list,” Mrs Cray laughs. “I wanted entertaining and elegance.” It has panoramic views of the cityThe Crays originally bought the land as a double block with Mrs Cray’s brother and built separate houses together, so they could make the most of the block size.A 1.5m gap is usually required between two houses, but because of their relationship, they were able to build close enough to leave only the tiniest of gaps between the two properties.Yet the design of each house allows for complete privacy. “It was a wonderful journey because we started it as a family,” Mrs Cray says.Not ones to skimp on quality, they used concrete blockwork for the foundations and walls, which also makes the home soundproof. “We’ve tried to make noise in our media room, but my brother can’t hear us.”Mrs Cray spends most of her time in the kitchen, which is the centrepiece of the combined lounge and dining space. It features European appliances, a concealed butler’s pantry, stone benchtops and backlit onyx features.“I’m a cook trapped in a lawyer’s body,” she says.From her position behind the giant island bench, Mrs Cray reckons she has the best view of the city skyline. There are plenty of entertaining spacesAn outdoor entertaining area extends from the lounge and dining space and custom-made pergola controls the amount of light let in to the space. The steel beams supporting it had to be craned in because they were so heavy. The garage can be accessed from this level. It was built underground so as not to be visible from the street.“I don’t like it when you can only see the garage at the front of a house,” Mrs Cray says.Upstairs is the children’s domain. The Crays’ two children, Madeleine, 15, and Oliver, 13, have a room each, separated by a bathroom with a freestanding bath, along with a large living area known as “the X-box” room and a balcony.On the top level is the parent’s retreat, which features a large bedroom, ensuite, double access walk-in wardrobe and a balcony where the centrepiece is a temperature-controlled hot-tub, from which the Crays often spend their nights enjoying the glittering view of the city with a glass of champagne.“This ridge offers probably the best views in Brisbane; that’s why we built here — the view,” Mr Cray says. The house comes with a 2,700-bottle cellarHe works from home, so it’s perhaps not surprising that his favourite room in the house is the study. “This is the world’s best office.”The study and guest bedroom directly below were designed by the architect as a separate ‘pod’ added on to the rest of the house.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe final level, the ground floor, is lovingly referred to as the ‘play level’. “This is the toys’ home — as in, it has toys for adults,” Mrs Cray enthuses.Such toys include a fully-equipped gym with adjoining sauna and bathroom, a cinema, separate bar and custom-made wine cellar, holding more than 2,500 bottles that can be viewed through a glass display panel.“This is how you do a cellar,” Mr Cray says, admiring a bottle of Penfolds Grange.From this level it is also easy to step out into the inground pool for a quick dip with yet another incredible view of the city.“I’m never without a relaxation point in this house,” Mrs Cray explains.“It’s also never boring. There are quiet spots for reflection, and play spots.”The couple have bought another property in the same area but on a bigger block and plan to build again. Tenders close on March 12“We spent three years gnashing our teeth over whether to move,” Mrs Cray said. “We realised if we were going to embark on another journey, we would have to build it ourselves because we couldn’t find a house on the market that had everything we wanted in it.“We couldn’t find anything we wanted, and then we fell in love with a block of land with an old house on it.”The Crays are renting the house while they plan their next dream home.Mrs Cray admits it’s come as a bit of a shock to the children, who were used to living a life of luxury.“Maddie’s like; ‘Where’s my ensuite bathroom?” Mrs Cray said.“So it’s been a life lesson for them.”And it’s not only the kids who are missing their former home. “I’ve decided I don’t like the life lesson,” Mr Cray said.The property is on the market via a tender process, which closes at 4pm on March 12.