Carlos Santana is one step closer to his wish of having his Santana band tour with Journey.

The two bands have lined up two dates in Guadalajara and Mexico City on March 26th and 27th. Asked if this will lead to a full-fledged tour, a spokesman for Carlos tells us, “It’s definitely the start of them formally continuing to go in the studio and work on a new CD.”

He is referring to the album Carlos started recording this year with original Santana band members Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello, along with guitarist Neal Schon, who joined for the band’s third and fourth albums. Rolie and Schon went on to form Journey. Carlos says he would like to support the album with a tour that has this line-up opening, followed by Journey and then the current Santana band.

Carlos was at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles Monday night where he was interviewed about his just published autobiography, The Universal Tone, by comedian and actor Cheech Marin. It was a benefit for the city’s Library Foundation. One of the highlights was Cheech telling a story about being in Lake Tahoe in the late ’60s at the same time as the Santana Blues Band. With no money to buy a ticket, Cheech and his buddy stood by the side of the club and helped unload the band’s equipment, which resulted them getting into the concert.

Among those in attendance were a group of fifth graders from the Carlos Santana Arts Academy in North Hills. Carlos was deeply touched by their questions during the the question-and-answer session that followed the formal interview. He told the audience to think of themselves as a “beam of light” and to “be magnanimous” and “utilize your trust, hope and faith.”