Bernal Native Carlos Santana Says the Super Bowl Needed More Local Bands


One of the best things about the conclusion of Superb Owl 50 is that we no longer have to hear all the complaining about Superb Owl 50. Yet with that said, celebrity Bernal Heights native Carlos Santana took to Facebook yesterday to grumble that there wasn’t enough local flavor at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show:

Dear NFL/CBS….I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for including me as a part of your Super Bowl entertainment. I do feel compelled to point out to you that the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform. Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the SF Bay Area proud. This is just an invitation for you to consider iconic bands as part of your Half Time entertainment. Real live music, real live vocals, and give the audience real live chills.

Carlos Santana

Estimados NFL/CBS….Me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para agradecer a ambos que me incluyeran como parte del entretenimiento de la Super Bowl. Me siento obligado a señalar que el espectáculo del descanso del partido debería haber incluido a algunas de las icónicas bandas locales que a todo el mundo le habría encantado ver actuar. Bandas como Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey y quien les habla. Habríamos hecho estremecer el espectáculo del descanso y habríamos enorgullecido al área de SF Bay. Esto es tan solo una invitación para que consideren a las bandas icónicas como parte de su entretenimiento del descanso del partido. Música real en vivo, voz real en vivo y estremecer realmente a la audiencia en vivo.


Actually, the Superb Owl 50 halftime show would have been an excellent opportunity to stage the Mullen Reunion Tour, harkening back to the days when Santana and a few early members of Journey all lived under the same roof on Mullen Avenue.

Even better, we could have hosted one hell of a homecoming after-party in Precita Park, with Santana jamming on the little mound just west of the playground until the whole park smelled like cannabis and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Santana is right; that would have been fantastic. Let’s do it next time.

PHOTO: Carlos Santana’s Facebook profile pic

7 thoughts on “Bernal Native Carlos Santana Says the Super Bowl Needed More Local Bands

  1. Crybaby! NFL doesn’t give a hoot about our local musicians. They want top performers. One gal bought a SB ticket just to see Beyonce.

  2. Personally, I would rather see a whole show of Carlos Santana, not just 15 minutes. I saw Metallica “The Night Before” at AT&T park and that show was awesome. NFL missed out on that one.

  3. Actually, Santana and Journey are playing a few gigs together this spring. Carlos recently got the classic Santana III band together to record Santana IV due out in April. Classic line-up with Santana, Rolie, Schon, Shrieve, and Carabello. So far only three east coast dates in April are confirmed for the shows, afaik, as Journey is touring with the Doobies come summertime.

    • Actually (and counter-intuitively) there’s always been a strong genetic link between Santana and Journey, apart from the Mullen connection. As Journey’s Wikipedia entry explains: “The original members of Journey came together in San Francisco in 1973 under the auspices of former Santana manager Herbie Herbert.”

      Herbie Herbert is the bridge.

  4. The Superbowl wasn’t even in San Francisco. If Santana really wanted local musicians to be featured, those “locals” would be local to the South Bay. Since this is like the 5th article I’ve seen about Santana criticizing the artists from Half Time, looks to me like he’s just trying to steal some of the publicity for himself.

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