American guitarist and Rock Legend who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, Carlos Santana collapsed, on stage in the middle of a concert in Michigan on Tuesday night, according to reports from the scene.
Footage showed him waving to fans as he was taken off the stage on a stretcher at the Pine Knob Music Theatre outside Detroit.
Fans were asked to leave ― and to pray for Santana, who turns 75 later this month.
His management later told ABC News he was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration and was doing well but that Wednesday night’s show in Pennsylvania would be postponed.
The San Francisco Chronicle said he collapsed during one of his newer songs, “Joy,” which he had moments earlier described as “mystical medicine music to heal a world infected with fear.”
Santana, widely considered one of the greatest and most innovative guitar players of all time, had to cancel some dates last December due to what was described at the time as an “unscheduled heart procedure.”
“I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest,” he later explained to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, adding that he had a 94% blockage in one artery.
Santana returned to the stage in January but had to cancel more shows in February after he and others in the band developed COVID-19 infections.
Santana shot to fame with a show-stopping performance at the iconic Woodstock festival in 1969, where he performed with his eponymous band: