Empire Pool, Wembley, London Borough of Brent, London, HA9 0AA United Kingdom

Saturday November 4, 1972 (4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.)

About the Shows



About the Shows

The Venue

Santana Dates: November 4, 1972 - November 17, 1973 - November 5/6, 1976 - October 30/31/November 1, 1978 - June 2/3/4, 1980 - July 7, 1984 - July 10, 1991 - July 28, 1996 - June 14, 2000 - September 27/28, 2003 - May 12/13, 2006 - July 19, 2013

The Empire Pool (also known as Empire Pool and Sports Arena) was built for the 1934 British Empire Games at Wembley, by Arthur Elvin, and originally housed a swimming pool, as reflected by its name. The pool itself was last used for the 1948 Summer Olympics. Today, the building is used for music, comedy, family entertainment and sport. It was designed by the engineer Sir Owen Williams, without the employment of an architect. Williams built a unique structure, with cantilevers meeting in the middle, thus avoiding the need for internal pillars. In October 1976, the Empire Pool was awarded Grade II Listed status, protecting it and recognising it as a building of special architectural interest, technological innovation and virtuosity. On February 1, 1978, the Empire Pool was renamed Wembley Arena.

Wembley Arena (ex-Empire Pool)


Two shows played in the same evening.

Deborah Santana. Space Between The Stars. My Journey To An Open Heart 2005

A press conference is held in the afternoon, and Carlos Santana answers questions about his short hair and his new spiritual direction. (p187) A picture of Jesus is perched on top of an amplifier next to a photo of Sri Chinmoy. (p189) The review in the British press says: “The Gods Descended From Mount Olympus.” (p191)

Press Review

Melody Maker (UK) November 11, 1972
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Ad #1
Ad #2 © Gunther Kieser
8:00 p.m. Show Ticket


The Band: Santana #12

(left to right): Richard Kermode (keyboard), Tom Coster (keyboard/vocals), Carlos Santana (guitar/percussion/vocals), Armando Peraza (percussion/vocals), Douglas Rauch (bass/guitar), James “Mingo” Lewis (percussion), Michael Shrieve (drums), Jose “Chepito” Areas (percussion)

Santana #12


Photos by Various Authors/Uncredited Photos

© Barrie Wentzell
© Jill Furmanovsky
© Michael Putland

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