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forbidden love: the rod stewart and santana concert edition

Twisted Mix-Tape TuesdaysRod Stewart & Santana








It’s been way too long since I played Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday, and this seemed like the perfect week to get back into it!

Not only is this week’s theme one of my favorite subjects — Forbidden Love, ha ha ha! — but I’m also giving away tickets to see Rod Stewart and Santana together in concert this summer, and they both have great songs related to that theme.

If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri or Lincoln, Nebraska, you can win tickets to one of their shows just by leaving a comment below. MAKE SURE TO SPECIFY WHICH CITY YOU LIVE IN! Read all the details here.

I thought of featuring Tonight’s the Night as my Rod Stewart song since it’s about a guy convincing a girl to lose her virginity — which could conceivably be construed as forbidden love — but those “spread your wings and let me come inside” lyrics always make me cringe a little. Instead, I went for The Killing of Georgie (Part 1 and 2), the story of a young gay man who is murdered by a gang who may have considered the kind of love he craved forbidden.

For my Santana song, I’m picking Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen because getting involved with someone who’s got a spell on you and is trying to make a devil out of you seems a little iffy to me.

One of the cities I’m giving away tickets in is Lincoln, Nebraska, which no one has ever sung about better than Springsteen. This haunting song is about the kind of forbidden love that results in a lot of people being killed.

The only song I could really think of for Louisville was Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats, in which she takes a Louisville Slugger to all four tires, but then my husband reminded me of Sissy Spacek singing in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Butcher Holler isn’t Louisville, but it is Kentucky and, oh, I LOVE this movie. I think I’m going to watch it again this weekend now that I’m thinking about it.

The last city I’m featuring is St. Louis, Missouri, and I found this song by Jewel that pays homage to it and even provides a history lesson. How does that relate to Forbidden Love?  Well, St. Louis is famous for its Arch, which is similar to McDonald’s golden logo and, really, it should be forbidden to fall in love with those mocha frappes, which have become my afternoon staple.

Don’t forget to enter to win tickets and share this with your friends in Lincoln, St. Louis and Louisville. I wouldn’t forbid them for suggesting their own songs. In fact, I’d love it!


  1. I told my father that this tour was coming and he wants to get tickets. I am not sure if they are coming to Boston, though?

  2. St Louis’ qualifications made me laugh out loud. Great list.

  3. I seen this posted on another site recently. I still think this is one heck of a duo to put together. That would be an amazing concert!

  4. I saw another post about this concert yesterday! It looks like it will be a great one.

  5. What? Rod Stewart and Santana together? That is awesome! I saw Rod on his Tonight’s the Night tour – he was great!

  6. they need to come to hartford. please rod stewart and santana, we will CELEBRATE YOU!

  7. I need to see his concert. Love Rod.

  8. I will have to check to see if they are coming to my area! This would be a fun concert to go to!!

  9. Looks like a fun concert. I’m into Santana and his music.

  10. Love Santana and would watch him any day, on the other hand Rod Steward not the biggest fan. But love going to concerts!

  11. oohh I would love to go to this! I love Santana and Rod Stewart!

  12. I need to go see more concerts! Fun mix-tape!

  13. Only you could so seamlessly find the logical tie between Saint Louis, McDonald’s, and Forbidden Love… I stand humbly in awe! Well done and welcome back!

  14. Great picks! Unfortunately the local classic rock stations have killed Black Magic Woman for me. Santana is an amazing guitarist thought!

  15. I’m not looking to win tickets (what? no Denver?), but wanted to applaud you on the selections. My fave on your list: Springsteen. And I *have* seen him… on the BORN IN THE USA tour. Wow! Still love that man. Maybe even more than back then.

  16. That’s a heck of a combo. My husband has been playing a lot of Santana in the basement lately.

  17. I can’t believe I’ve never seen Rod Stewart live. I’d love to! Not sure I could get my husband to go, though.

  18. okay, this is so awesome! I love how you tie it in and Soooooooo wish I lived in one of those places! What an amazing concert!
    And this is hilarious. What about Young Turks? That would have been good forbidden love, no?
    And LOL about Saint Louis!

  19. I Wanna Go I Wanna Go!! LOL!

  20. I have to see this concert ,but no where near even..

  21. Awesome! I’d love to see this concert, but not close enough near me.

  22. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Bummer — no Philadelphia date on this tour?? Would love to see these two in concert.

  23. You always amaze me with your vast knowledge on these things. I think I stopped learning about music after 1975. OK, not entirely, but I certainly don’t know about some more recent songs, like anything the Millienials listen to. Love Rod, Santana and of course the one and only…..my boyfriend BRUCE!

  24. These videos all take me way back, in a very good way! Love it 🙂

  25. There’s so little forbidden love these days, it’s taken all the fun out of songs!

  26. This looks completley awesome! Thanks!

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