Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman get engaged onstage

carlos-santana-blackmanImage Credit: Daniel Boczarski/Redferns/Getty Image; Inset: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesHere’s one way to make a drum solo even more awesome: by proposing marriage to the drummer right afterward. That’s what Carlos Santana did last Friday at a concert in Tinley Park, Ill., according to a press release. The guitar hero popped the question four songs into his set when noted drummer Cindy Blackman finished her spotlight moment in his song “Corazon Espinado.” She said yes.

Pretty romantic, no? Were any of you at the Illinois stop on Santana’s Universal Tone Tour? Join us in sending the newly engaged couple our best wishes in the comments below.

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  • Kevin Viscioni

    I was there and it was very touching. The whole show was amazing and he kept calling her Cindy Santana after she said yes.

  • harry

    awesome news!!!

  • Skywolf

    I’ve been an Santana fan since 1967. Your band(s) have given me and my wife such great memories. Carlos you could not have picked a better mate!! All the peace and love in the universe to you and to all those on the path you will now travel.

  • darkstar

    It was an awesome show! The band was on fire the entire night. The proposal caught the audience off guard as much as it did Cindy. BTW, her drum solo was just as amazing as well!

  • just sayin’

    Well,since she’s in the band perhaps she can keep him from cheating on her, unlike his other wives….

  • mee

    re: just sayin’. It looks like he only had ONE wife and they were together for 34 years (divorced in ’07) … Yes, I don’t know if he cheated on her or not but knowing the above I wouldn’t worry too much if I were Cindy.

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    Terius Nash

  • marvin arana

    FELICIDADES CARLOS, La novia es muy bella. que dios te siga bendiciendo. Te mereces la felicidad.

  • Gina

    What’s up with not marrying a Latina this time Carlitos?

    • Andreya

      Why does he have to marry a Latina? Love knows no color.

    • Louis Caballero

      Who cares, I’m mexican and married a wonderful white lady. 28 years and going strong. Thank you Jehovah.

  • Mary

    Carlos I hope you are not making a big mistake. You should definitely have a pre-nup set up before you say your I do’s.

  • DeeGeeBee

    So many drummers, so little time…

  • Richie Teh

    When a friend told me that Carlos has proposed to his drummer, I went “Carlos proposed to Dennis Chambers?!!!???”

    Dennis played for Carlos for many years prior to Cindy…

  • Marcel

    The first Mrs. Santana was not a latina either, Gina.. Her maiden name is Deborah King.. family of the great MLK.

    And @Richie.. Dennis is in the band.. Cindy is guesting on this tour. Not sure what the future holds there though. :)

  • CG

    I couldn’t be happier for her! She’s an amazing woman who deserved an amazing fan. Lotsa Love snd great wishes Cindy…love CG aka LK’s sis. :)

    • CG

      man!!! :)

  • neeser

    Man I wish it could have been me! oh well…I’m happy for em. They’ll make beautiful music together.

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