Veteran guitarist Carlos Santana passed out Tuesday night (Wednesday AEST) during a concert at the Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan, but was treated quickly and waved to fans when he was wheeled off the stage. (Watch the video above.)
Santana “was overtaken by heat exhaustion and dehydration,” his representative said, and was taken to the emergency department of McLaren Clarkston Hospital for observation.
Santana’s manager, Michael Vrionis, released a statement late Tuesday saying that the musician is “doing well”, although “the concert scheduled for tomorrow [July 6th] at the pavilion on Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pa. will be postponed to a later date. More details to follow via Live Nation,” he added.
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Sources say Santana was on his set for about 20 minutes when he sat down on the drum riser at the beginning of the song Joy and then fell backwards.
Medical personnel rushed onto the stage and the crowd was initially “asked to pray for him due to a ‘serious medical’ problem,” according to a tweet from Fox2 Detroit’s Roop Raj.
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The musician’s condition apparently improved shortly afterwards, and he waved to fans as he was wheeled off the stage, although he was partially hidden by a black tarp that staffers held up to hide him from view while medical personnel examined him.
Last December, Santana, who turns 75 this month, underwent what his management described as an “unscheduled” heart procedure that caused the postponement of the Las Vegas residency that month.
However, he resumed residency the following month, launching another North American tour in late March that has continued ever since.
Tuesday night’s incident occurred during Santana . summer Miraculous Supernatural 2022 tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, which kicked off on June 17 and is expected to last until the end of August.
Just two weeks later, the musician will resume his extended residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas until the end of September, before resuming in November for another two weeks.
In addition to touring, Santana is also collaborating with filmmaker Rudy Valdez on an upcoming biographical documentary, produced by Imagine Documentaries and Sony Music Entertainment.
Born in Mexico, Santana started playing guitar as a child and later moved to California with his family. He formed the first incarnation of the Santana Blues Band in San Francisco in 1966, and the following year performed at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival.
There, his set was seen by Clive Davis, who had recently become president of Columbia Records; Under his tutelage and that of top promoter Bill Graham, Santana’s fusion of rock and Latin music became an unlikely chart success in the late 1960s and early 1970s, via singles like Evil ways† black magic womanand Oye Como Va†
However, as the 1970s progressed, Santana became more interested in jazz-inspired musical styles and spiritual pursuits (both of which continue to this day), and he continued a solid but less mainstream recording and touring career over the next two decades.
In 1999, however, he reunited with Davis for the blockbuster, more pop-oriented supernatural album, which paired the guitarist with star guest vocalists such as Rob Thomas – their single together, Softwas one of the biggest hits of the time – as well as Lauryn Hill, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Maná and CeeLo Green.
The album relaunched his career and in the following years he toured and added regularly to his discography of 26 studio albums.
He is estimated to have sold over 100 million albums and won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys.
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