The House of Blues Las Vegas inducted Carlos Santana into its Blues God Ceiling Tuesday. The Ceiling is a collection of clay busts of blues or blues-influenced icons that hangs in the club’s Crossroads bar area.
Accepting his honor, Santana paid tribute to some of the other artists already honored on the Ceiling, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Janis Joplin.
Santana said one of the greatest contributions the United States has given the world is the blues.
When asked afterward by ABC News Radio which musical icon he was most honored to join on the Ceiling, Santana named John Lee Hooker. The veteran guitarist described the influence the late blues great had on him by saying, “I was baptized by John Lee Hooker.” Hooker passed away in June 2001.
Santana began his latest set of shows in his multi-year House of Blues Las Vegas residency earlier this month. It runs through June 2, and will be followed by eight shows in September and eight more in November.
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