I did not go to a show last year for the first time in about 40 years. My reason was a little different than many people on here...the closest to Detroit they were last year was the Windsor Casino, and I absolutely hate that venue.
I guess it doesn't bother me that they do not play my favorite Santana music (Moonflower, Milagro, etc.) because I know that MOST of the people attending are expecting BMW, Smooth, Maria. This includes the 3 people I attend with (one of which is my wife!). They are not into the stuff I am into or most of you all. However, I do wish that one of two songs a show were "out there". Maybe its a practice issue for the band or whatever, but it is nice to see a "Flor D' Luna" played last year or whatever. Anyway, I have a blast everytime I go because the band simply kicks ass live. I think if you take a half-full approach versus a half-empty...the songs that get played become irrelevant....anyways take care and HAVE FUN!!! PEACE