Santana joined the many musicians around the world paying tribute to the late Glen Campbell during a concert Wednesday night (August 9) in suburban Detroit.
The group included a stylized version of Campbell’s Grammy Award-winning 1967 single “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” during its performance at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, Mich., marked by Carlos Santana and keyboardist David K. Matthews improvising on the song’s themes.
As the rendition finished Santana told the crowd, “That was for a brother that went home. That was for Glen Campbell,” then joking it was “‘By The Time I Get To Tijuana'”…I think it was Phoenix. Anyway, that’s a tribute to Glen Campbell.”
Campbell passed away Tuesday (August 9) at the age of 81 after several years battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.