Name: Spero Bobetsis
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Santana Fan For: 35 years
Why You Love Santana’s Music: Well I have been a rock music fan for about 35 years and in the core of all this music is Santana and my heart and soul is attached to it. The profound music of Santana has inspired me, healed me, and has influenced me in many ways.
How Many Times You’ve Seen Carlos Live and Where/When: Not enough times! Well living in the prairies, middle of Canada it was just a dream for me to see Santana do a show here. When Santana gained a huge new generation of fans with the amazing Supernatural concept, finally I got a chance to see the band in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Saskatoon last year (first show ever in my home province)! And I even went to see one of the shows at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel three years ago. All of the shows were amazing!
Random Santana-related Fact: Well when I was in Vegas hanging around the Joint during sound check on the afternoon of the show — hoping to see Carlos. No luck, but I got a chance to meet SSS (Super Security Sean) — great guy by the way. He recognized me three years later when I was at the Saskatoon show, front row center — amazing! Day after the Vegas show I was walking in the lobby after checking out and heading for the airport, I bumped into none other than my idol, the Legend, accompanied by Clive Davis. Ok I just about fainted! I thought quickly and took out my camera and Carlos approved Sean to take a pic of us (thanks Sean!). I died and went to guitar heaven in the Hard Rock Hotel! …It gets even better than this…While I was in a star stricken comatose state I failed to acknowledge Clive again which to this day I regret, and when I was invited to approach them at their table in the restaurant a few minutes later with my CDs and jiffy marker, I dropped my jiffy on Clive’s lap without acknowledging him again, my apologies to Clive Davis for my failure, you are also a Legend Sir! What was I thinking? To this day my friends still laugh at me about this.