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Carlos Santana reunites with now-homeless bandmate -- VIDEO

A news reporter for a San Francisco television station has reunited rock guitarist Carlos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn’t seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland, California.

Reporter Stanley Roberts ran into percussionist Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone while working on a story about illegal dumping last week, KRON-TV in San Francisco reports.

Although he initially was skeptical of the homeless man’s claim that the Santana Blues Band got its start in his mother’s garage in the late 1960s, Roberts checked out the story and confirmed it. And on Friday, he took Santana for a surprise visit to the camper where Malone has been staying.

“You don’t know how afraid I am to let you see me,” Malone said softly after he and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer embraced.

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Zac Brown Band nabs the No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 albums chart

Zac Brown Band earns their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Their You Get What You Give debuts on top this week with 153,000 albums sold. The country bunch just beat Maroon 5′s Hands All Over debut, which sold 142,000 copies. Linkin Park‘s A Thousand Suns, last week’s No. 1, falls to No. 3 with 70,000 sets bought, while Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure falls to No. 7, selling 66,000 copies.

At No. 4, Selena Gomez & the Scene’s A Year Without Rain opens with 66,000. Santana’s Guitar Heaven opens at No. 5, selling just under 66,000 albums. Eminem‘s Recovery drops to No. 6, also moving just under 66,000 units. John Legend and the Roots’ Wake Up! starts off selling 63,000 copies for a No. 8 debut. Country singer Billy Currington’s Enjoy Yourself is at No. 9 this week with 45,000 copies sold. My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber rounds out the top 10, moving 33,000 units.

Happy Zac and Co. made it to No. 1? Surprised Maroon 5 didn’t? Let us know.

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Carlos Santana goes to 'Guitar Heaven' with help from Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry, Nas, and more: Full tracklist revealed

Carlos-SantanaImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotoSince 1999′s megasmash Supernatural, Carlos Santana has mostly stuck with that album’s eclectic, guest-heavy format for his subsequent releases. Now he’s taking the collaborative spirit one step further. On Sept. 21′s Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, the famed guitarist enlisted at least one famous friend to perform on each of 13 covers.

The full line-up for Guitar Heaven was finalized via press release today. You can check it out after the jump. As you’ll see, Santana brought back his “Smooth” pal Rob Thomas for Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Grungy growlers dominate the rest of the track list, including Chris Cornell on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” Gavin Rossdale on T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong,” Chris Daughtry on Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” and Scott Stapp on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” Then there’s Santana’s take on AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” which will feature rapping from Queensbridge’s own Nas.

Some of those pairings could work quite well. I’d definitely like to hear what Nas can do over those crunchy power chords. Gavin Rossdale going glam sounds intriguing. Anyone who’s heard a Stone Temple Pilots album knows Scott Weiland can do a solid Mick Jagger impression. And Joe Cocker gnashing his way through Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” should be well worth hearing. As for the turgid Scott Stapp attempting Creedence’s protest anthem? Yeah, that one’s an instant skip for me.

But what do you think? Take a look at the full track list for Carlos Santana’s Guitar Heaven after the jump and let us know which of these covers you’d like to hear.

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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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