Carlos Santana Passes Out Onstage in Michigan
Veteran guitarist Carlos Santana passed out onstage during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan on Tuesday night, according to social media posts and video, but recovered quickly and was seen waiving to fans as he walked offstage.
Tuesday evening’s episode took place during Santana’s summer-long “Miraculous Supernatural 2022” tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, which launched on June 17 and is scheduled to continue through the end of August. Just two weeks later, the musican, 74, is slated to resume his longstanding Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas through the end of September before resuming for two more weeks in November.
Late last year Santana underwent an “emergency” heart procedure that caused the cancelation of that month’s residency in Las Vegas.
Along with touring, Santana is also working with filmmaker Rudy Valdez on an upcoming biographical documentary, produced by Imagine Documentaries and Sony Music Entertainment.
A native of 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 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 Woman,” and “Oye Como Va.” However, as the ’70s progressed Santana became more interested in jazz-inflected musical styles and spiritual pursuits, both of which continue to this day. He enjoyed a stable recording and touring career for the next two decades before reuniting with Davis in 1999, who oversaw his blockbuster, more pop-oriented album “Supernatural,” which featured Santana with guest vocalists such as Rob Thomas — their single together, “Smooth,” was one of the biggest hits of the era — as well as Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, Maná and CeeLo Green.
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