Carlos Santana Postpones Shows After Collapsing Onstage Due to ‘Heat Exhaustion’
Several days after collapsing onstage during a performance in Michigan, Carlos Santana announced he will postpone a handful of upcoming concerts to allow himself time to recover.
The move, according to a statement from Santana’s manager Michael Vrionis, comes “out of an abundance of caution for the artist’s health” as “[doctors] have recommended that Mr. Santana gets rest to recuperate fully.” Affected shows include scheduled stops in Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Dallas, among others. Santana will resume touring later this month, performing July 23 in Paso Robles, California.
“Carlos is doing well and is anxious to be back on stage soon. He just needs rest,” Vrionis said in the statement. “Santana profoundly regrets that these postponements of his upcoming performances; but, his health is our number one concern. He is looking forward to seeing all of his fans very soon.”
The Grammy Award-winning musician experienced a medical emergency during his concert at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, located about 40 miles outside of Detroit on July 6. Representatives for Santana told Rolling Stone at the time that the 74-year-old guitarist was suffering from “heat exhaustion and dehydration.” Vrionis confirmed the guitarist was taken to a local emergency room for evaluation and was “doing well.”
“He was walking, playing and all of a sudden went down,” concertgoer Janet Brown told The Detroit News.
Later that evening, Santana shared an update on his condition to his official Facebook page. “Thank you for your precious prayers,” he wrote. “Just taking it easy. Forgot to eat and drink water so I dehydrated and passed out. Blessings and miracles to you all.”
Footage from the concert posted to Twitter shows Santana waving to the audience as he was taken offstage by emergency medical personnel.
Santana is currently touring with Earth, Wind & Fire as a part of the Miraculous Supernatural Tour. They were scheduled to perform Wednesday at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. That show, according to Vrionis, will be postponed to a later date.
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