Carlos Santana is hoping to make fans smile on his upcoming tour with the sound of music. He's also hoping to do the same with killer jokes.
That's why the multiplatinum musician is bringing George Lopez on the road for five shows.
"When George comes in in the middle of set and he does his thing, it's like the Niagara Falls man. My stomach hurts, I put my guitar down and I know that I'm going to have a quality time," Santana said in an interview last week. "It's a spiritual release to be able to laugh; it's just as important as a powerful meditation. ... (There's) prayer, meditation and laughter _ laughter beats all of that."
The joint tour, "Divine Rascals," will kick off Sept. 3 in Morrison, Colo. and wraps on Oct. 1 in Los Angeles. Those dates will come in the middle of Santana's "Sound of Collective Consciousness Tour," which begins on Aug. 25 in Seattle and wraps in Palm Springs, Calif., on Sept. 30.
Santana and Lopez are of Mexican descent.
Lopez said watching Santana laugh at his jokes is "one of the most amazing experiences visually that I've ever had."
The comedian-actor, 50, said over the years he's learned life lessons from the 63-year-old guitar legend.
"In the last five years that we've been very close it has helped me tremendously in how I conduct myself every day and how I live my life," Lopez said. "I'm much more at peace, I'm calmer and I have pinpointed to do my thing exactly when it's appropriate."
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