Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana (Autlán de Navarro, Mexico, 1947) collapsed on Tuesday night during a concert in Clarkstone, a city north of Detroit (Michigan, USA).
The 74-year-old musician was first treated onstage at the Pine Knob Theater and then rushed to a local hospital for heat stroke and dehydration.
"He is fine," Santana's representative, Michael Vrionis, said in a statement, explaining that the artist will be under observation for the next few hours.
Tour organizers have announced that the artist's next date, planned for Wednesday in Pennsylvania, will be postponed to a date yet to be confirmed.
Images recorded by concertgoers and uploaded to social networks show the guitarist playing until he walks to the percussion stage to support himself.
He sits on her and fades away.
“Is he okay?” says a man who recorded one of the videos.
“She just passed out,” he adds.
Members of the team sound the alert and enter the scene to help him.
Santana did not lose consciousness as he was tended to by musicians and members of the production.
They carried him off the stage on a stretcher from one side.
As he left he greeted the audience, who did not stop applauding him.
"I'm fine," the guitarist posted hours later on his Facebook page.
"I forgot to eat and drink water, so I got dehydrated and passed out," summed up the artist, who is accompanied by his partner Cindy Blackman, the group's drummer.
Santana is immersed in the
tour , with dozens of scheduled dates, to promote his album of duets
Blessings and Miracles
(Blessings and Miracles), which intends to follow in the wake of his
album , which became a worldwide success at the end of the 90's.
Santana, therefore, has a frenetic pace of concerts.
He kicked off the month of July with dates in St. Louis and Chicago's Tinley Park, where he played on July 2.
He had a short break on Sunday and Monday, July 4, where he instead participated in a concert organized by CNN for Independence Day.
Also in the lineup were the Doobie Brothers, Avril Lavigne, Gloria Estefan, Machine Gun Kelly, Pitbull and The Lumineers, among others.
tour , which also includes the band Earth, Wind & Fire, was supposed to start in 2021, but was postponed to June 2022, with 30 stops across the United States.
After this incident, Santana still has 19 appointments pending on the calendar, until the last concert, on August 27 in Tampa (Florida).
Received without much enthusiasm by critics,
Blessings and Miracles
repeats the formula of duets that led the guitarist born in Jalisco to sell 30 million copies in the twilight of the 20th century.
Rob Thomas, the lead singer of Matchbox 20, who provided his voice for
appears again on the pop track
Other big-name guests help build many of the album's 15 songs, number 36 in a career that began in 1969. These include Traffic and Blind Faith Briton Steve Winwood;
country figure Chris Stapelton, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and jazz legend Chick Corea, who died in February of last year from cancer.