Carlos Santana dies on scene in Michigan

UPDATED: Veteran guitarist Carlos Santana died on stage during a concert at the Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan on Tuesday night, but was quickly treated and seen waving to fans as he was led off stage. Santana “suffered from heat exhaustion and dehydration,” according to a statement from his agent, and was taken to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston Hospital for observation.

Santana’s manager Michael Vrionis issued a statement late Tuesday saying the musician is “doing well,” though “the concert is scheduled for tomorrow [July 6th] at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pa. will be postponed to a later date. More details will follow via Live Nation,” he added.

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Sources say Santana was about 20 minutes into his set when he sat down on drums at the beginning of the song “Joy” and then fell backwards. Medical personnel rushed to the scene and the crowd initially “asked to pray for him due to a ‘serious medical’ issue,” according to a Tweet from Roop Raj of Detroit’s Fox2. However, the musician’s condition apparently improved shortly afterwards and he waved to fans as he was led off stage, although he was partially hidden by a black tarp held up by staff to shield him from view while medical staff was examining him.

Last December, Santana, who turns 75 this month, underwent what his management described as an “unscheduled” heart operation that caused the postponement of that month’s Las Vegas residency. However, he resumed the residency the following month and in late March embarked on another North American tour that has continued ever since.

The incident Tuesday evening took place during Santana’s “Miraculous Supernatural 2022” summer tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, which kicked off June 17 and is scheduled to run through the end of August. Just two weeks later, the musician is set to resume his long-running residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas until the end of September before continuing for two more weeks in November.

Along with touring, Santana is also collaborating with filmmaker Rudy Valdez on an upcoming biographical documentary produced by Imagine Documentaries and Sony Music Entertainment.

Originally from Mexico, Santana began playing guitar as a child and later moved with his family to California. 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 top promoter Bill Graham, Santana’s fusion of rock and Latin music became an unlikely chart success in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with singles such as “Evil Ways,” ” Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va .” However, as the 1970s progressed, Santana became more interested in jazz-dependent musical styles and spiritual pursuits (both of which continue to this day), and pursued a steady but less mainstream career recording and touring for next two decades.

However, he reunited with Davis in 1999 for the more pop-oriented Supernatural album, which featured the guitarist paired with guest vocalists such as Rob Thomas — their single together, “Smooth,” was one of his biggest hits. at the time — as well as Lauryn Hill, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Maná and CeeLo Green. The album relaunched his career and in the years since he has been touring and adding to his discography of 26 studio albums on a regular basis. He has sold over 100 million albums and won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.

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