Rock legend Carlos Santana collapses during US concert after ‘forgetting to eat and drink’

Veteran guitarist Carlos Santana is recovering in a Michigan hospital after passing out on stage during a concert – all because he forgot to eat and drink during a performance in the middle of the American summer.

The 74-year-old – known for more than half a century for his ferocious guitar solos and punishing concerts – was playing outside with his band at the Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston on Tuesday night, when he collapsed in front of shocked fans.

Video of the concert showed emergency medical personnel caring for a vulnerable Santana on the side of the stage before being rushed to nearby McLaren Clarkston medical center for treatment.

He was always the showman and managed to wave to the cheering crowd as he was carried out of the arena.

Last December, Santana took a break from performing after heart surgery.


But the Grammy Award winner was quick to announce on social media that the latest incident had nothing to do with the heart — it was simply because he hadn’t hydrated properly before his three-hour show.

“To everyone, thank you for your precious prayers. [Wife] Cindy and I… we’re good, just take it easy.”

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Santana put on a show in Michigan a day after playing to celebrate the July 4 holiday.AFP: Fabrice Coffrini

His manager, Michael Vrionis, announced that the guitarist’s other show this week – in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania – would be postponed.

The day before, he performed without incident at a concert on the occasion of the American Independence Day.

Santana was born in Mexico in 1947, but moved to the US as a teenager and settled in San Francisco.

Santana at Woodstock
Carlos Santana (right) was a relative unknown outside the US when he performed at Woodstock in 1969.Getty Images: Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive

Santana announced herself to the world with a memorable 11-minute performance at Woodstock in 1969, and is best known for songs such as Black Magic Woman and She’s Not There from the 1970s.

More recently, he enjoyed chart-topping success collaborating with Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas on Smooth. It went to number 1 in the US, number 3 in the UK and number 4 in Australia in 2000.

Santana has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

Rolling Stone magazine named him number 20 on its list of the world’s 100 best guitarists.

Santana first toured Australia in 1976 when he gave eight concerts in six cities, including three shows at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion.


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