Tour: USA West-Midwest/Canada/USA East-South

Tour: USA West/Pacific

Tour: USA East

Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin Tour: USA East/Canada/USA Midwest-West

Tour: Central/South America

Tour: Europe

The Year

149 shows played in 25 different countries

69 shows in 36 U.S. States: AK 1, AL 1, AR 1, AZ 3, CA 9, CO 1, CT 2, FL 2, GA 3, HI 1, IL 3, IN 2, KS 1, KY 1, LA 1, MA 3, MD 2, MI 2, MN 1, MO 2, MS 1, NC 3, NE 1, NJ 1, NY 2, OH 6, OR 1, PA 2, RI 1, SC 1, TN 2, TX 1, UT 1, VA 2, WA 1, WI 1

80 shows in 24 foreign countries: Argentina 3, Australia 10, Austria 1, Belgium 1, Brazil 4, Canada 3, Colombia 2, Costa Rica 1, El Salvador 2, Germany 7, Guatemala 1, Hong Kong 2, Italy 2, Japan 12, Malaysia 1, Mexico 4, Netherlands 1, New Zealand 3, Nicaragua 1, Panama 1, Spain 3, Switzerland 2, UK 10, Venezuela 3

5 Carlos Santana’s guest appearances

3 different band line-ups

2 official releases: "Love Devotion Surrender" (Carlos Santana’s 2nd solo album), “Welcome” (Santana’s 5th album)

1 award nomination

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🎫 Jan 18 Thu: Nicaragua Earthquake Relief Concert. Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, CA

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

Note: Benefit for the victims of the Dec 23, 1972 hearthquake. The Santana Band opens for The Rolling Stones.

Ticket
© Al Satterwhite

🔔 Late Jan: Mill Valley, CA

Note from Deborah Santana (Space Between The Stars. My Journey To An Open Heart 2005): Carlos Santana goes on tour, and leaves Deborah King alone in Mill Valley, CA. (p215) She attends San Francisco’s Meditation Center with her sister Kitsaun King, who also becomes a Sri Chinmoy disciple. (p217)

Tour: USA West-Midwest/Canada/USA East-South

🎫 Jan 30 Tue: Sports Arena, San Diego, CA

102 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

🎫 Jan 31 Wed: Civic Center, Phoenix, AZ

🎫 Feb 2 Fri: Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT

95 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Mantra - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

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🎫 Feb 3 Sat: Denver Coliseum, Denver, CO

🎫 Feb 6 Tue: Henry Levitt Arena, Wichita, KS

Poster

🎫 Feb 7 Wed: Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE

🎫 Feb 8 Thu: Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI

Poster

🎫 Feb 9 Fri: Notre Dame Convention Center, South Bend, IN

Poster

🎫 Feb 10 Sat: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Poster

🎫 Feb 11 Sun: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO

🎫 Feb 13 Tue: Ohio University, Athens, OH

🎫 Feb 14 Wed: The Arena, St. Louis, MO

93 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Mantra - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

🎫 Feb 15 Thu: Memorial Gymnasium, Kent State University, Kent, OH

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🎫 Feb 16 Fri: International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL

🎫 Feb 17 Sat: St. John's Arena, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Poster

🎫 Feb 19 Mon: Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI

🎫 Feb 20 Tue: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Handbill
Ticket

🎫 Feb 21 Wed: The Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

🎫 Feb 22 Thu: Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

Poster

🎫 Feb 24 Sat: Palace Theatre, Waterbury, CT

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🎫 Feb 25 Sun: Civic Center, Baltimore, MD

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur

🎫 Feb 26 Mon: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

106 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

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🎫 Feb 27 Tue: Civic Center, Springfield, MA

Ticket
© James Baker
© James Baker
© James Baker

March 3 Sat: The 15th Annual Grammy Awards. Tennessee Theatre, Nashville, TN

Note: Broadcast on same day on American TV CBS. Nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category: "Caravanserai" (Santana's 4th album).

🎫 March 5 Mon: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

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🎫 March 6 Tue: Civic Center, Knoxville, TN

🎫 March 7 Wed: Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

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🎫 March 8 Thu: Carolina University Coliseum, Columbia, SC

107 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

🎫 March 9 Fri: Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton Roads, VA

🎫 March 10 Sat: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA

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🎫 March 11 Sun: The Omni, Atlanta, GA

Ticket

🎫 March 14 Wed: Gardens, Cincinnati, OH

🎫 March 15 Thu: Convention Center, Louisville, KY

🎫 March 16 Fri: Allen County Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN

Ticket

🎫 March 17 Sat: Sports Arena, Toledo, OH

Poster
Ticket

🎫 March 19 Mon: Sports Arena, Minneapolis, MN

104 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

🎫 March 21 Wed: Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN

🎫 March 23 Fri: Convention Hall North, Miami, FL

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🎫 March 24 Sat: Stadium, Tampa, FL

Poster #1
Poster #2
Ticket

🎫 March 25 Sun: Macon Coliseum, Macon, GA

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🎫 March 26 Mon: State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, MS

🎫 March 27 Tue: The Barton Arena, Little Rock, AR

🎫 March 28 Wed: Hirsch Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport, LA

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🎫 March 29 Thu: Convention Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL

🎫 March 30 Fri: Memorial Coliseum, Columbus, GA

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Samba Pa Ti - Look Up (To See What's Coming Down) - Just In Time To See The Sun - Incident At Neshabur - Bambele - Stone Flower - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Earth - Se A Cabo

🎫 April 2 Mon: Hofheinz Pavilion, University Of Houston, Houston, TX

Ticket

🎫 April 6 Fri: Winterland, San Francisco, CA

Poster
© Oscar Moreno
Ticket

🎫 April 8 Sun: Community Center Theatre, Berkeley, CA

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🔔 April 20 Fri: Oakland, CA

Note from Deborah Santana (Space Between The Stars. My Journey To An Open Heart 2005): After a talk with Sri Chinmoy at the New York Meditation Center, Carlos Santana asks Deborah Sara King to marry him. (p219) The wedding ceremony takes place at Deborah King’s uncle house on Dover Street, Oakland, CA on April 20. (p223) Carlos Santana’s parents aren't invited to the ceremony, and are only informed of the wedding on the following Monday. (p226)

Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): Deborah quickly told her parents, and not long after we got back to San Francisco, on April 20, 1973, we got together at City Hall to sign the forms. Then we held a small ceremony and reception in Oakland, at SK’s brother house---he was a preacher, and he married us, too. (…) In fact, I didn’t invite anybody when I got married---no one. No family and no friends. (…) The hassle that I wanted to avoid was my mom---we were probably farther apart then than we had ever been, and we had not seen each other for a while. (…) When we had our second wedding in Queens with Sri Chinmoy, another very simple and unpretentious ceremony, Deborah persuaded me to invite my family. (…) I’d never seen my mom so hurt; I’d never seen her react that way. (p342-343)

April: Santana #13

(left to right) Jose "Chepito" Areas (perc), Michael Shrieve (ds), Carlos Santana (g/perc/vo), Tom Coster (kbd/vo), Richard Kermode (kbd), Douglas Rauch (b/g), Armando Peraza (perc/vo)

Santana #13

🎧 May 2 Wed: San Francisco, CA

W/John McLaughlin

Note: Recording of "Flame-Sky" (from "Welcome").

Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): The title comes from something Sri said when I played him the song. “You’re such good boys, you and John”---he said that endearingly about us. “If you could only see how you affect the audience---both of you inflame their hearts to aspire again to be one with God.” (p345)

🎸 May 18 Fri: Community Center Theatre, Berkeley, CA

W/Tom Coster, Deborah Santana, Saumitra Buchner

Note: Carlos Santana plays a concert of spiritual music at a Sri Chinmoy film presentation. The music of the movie “Sri Chinmoy. An Intimate Insight Into A Day In The Life Of A Real Spiritual master” is composed by John McLaughlin.

Handbill

June: Santana #14

(left to right) Leon Thomas (vo), Tom Coster (kbd/vo), Michael Shrieve (ds), Richard Kermode (kbd), Jose "Chepito" Areas (perc), Armando Peraza (perc/vo), Carlos Santana (g/perc/vo) (seated), Douglas Rauch (b/g) (seated)

Note: Leon Thomas joins the band.

Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): The big question for the Welcome album was vocals---who was going to sing after Gregg left Santana? (…) I really liked Pharoah Sanders’s album Karma, on which the song “The Creator Has A Master Plan” was sung by Leon Thomas, who sometimes liked to yodel. (…) Asking him to record and tour with us was Shrieve’s idea. (…) Leon became an important part of Santana. (p347)

Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): Actually, I’ll put it this way: in hindsight, that 1973 band---with Leon Thomas, Armando and Chepito, TC and Kermode, Dougie, Shireve, and me---was musically the best and most challenging band I’ve ever been in. (…) That lineup was the closest I think Santana ever came to being a jazz band. (p356)

Santana #14

Tour: USA West/Pacific

🎫 June 21 Thu: Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK

117 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Light Of Life - Se A Cabo - Mr Udo - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

🔔 June 25 Mon: Cold Bay, AK to Nagoya to Fukuoka, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): At 10:00 a.m. the Santana Band arrives at Fukuoka International Airport for their first tour in Japan. The band stays at the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel.

Quote from Ron Cuskelly & Patrick Stansfield (http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/electra/santana-electra.htm): The Sports Arena was the last gig before the jump off for N42FM to take us to Japan. The Electra flying into Japan was not really looked upon very favorably by the Japan Aviation Authorities. In fact they cleared the flight as a non-stop from Cold Bay, Alaska to Fukuoka, Japan only as a non-stop, thinking it was beyond the Electra's extreme fuel operating range. They turned out to be right, but not according to the flight plan N42FM filed to Fukuoka from Cold Bay. In fact, due to headwinds, Capt Byron A. Susan declared a low fuel emergency and landed in Nagoya to refuel in violation of his filed flight plan. In Nagoya the Electra snapped a starter motor shaft on start-up. Byron Susan simply put the hammer down on the three working engines and let the #4 drag until it essentially jump started itself. The Japan Air Controllers were not amused in any way shape or form by this. He simply denied it. Proof of the pudding was N42FM was grounded for ten days in Fukuoka while a replacement part was flown in! Thus Japan's Civil Air Authority accomplished what they had wished in the first place: i.e. that N42FM would not fly passengers or freight internally in Japanese air space!

🔔 June 26 Tue: Dazaifu Tenman-gū, Dazaifu, Japan

Note: Day off. Accompanied by Japanese photographer Koh Hasebe, Carlos Santana visits the Shinto Shrine. Built over the grave of Sugawara no Michizane (845–903), its is one of the main shrines dedicated to Tenjin, the deified form of Michizane.

© Koh Hasebe
© Koh Hasebe
© Koh Hasebe

🎫 June 27 Wed: Fukuoka-shi Kyūden Kinen Taiikukan, Fukuoka, Japan

Note: Show time 6:00 p.m. First show ever played in Japan.

Japan Tour Book
© Koh Hasebe
© Koh Hasebe
© Koh Hasebe

🔔 June 28 Thu: Fukuoka to Hiroshima, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): Travel from Fukuka’s Hakafa train station to Hiroshima by Express Tsubame #6. Check in Hiroshima Grand Hotel.

🎫 June 28 Thu: Hiroshima Yūbin Chokin Kaikan, Hiroshima, Japan

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

Ticket

🔔 June 29 Fri: Hiroshima to Okayama to Nagoya, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): Travel from Hiroshima’s train station to Okayama by Express Tsubame #4, change trains, travel from Okayama to Nagoya by Super-Express Hikari #88. Check in Nagoya International Hotel.

🎫 June 30 Sat: Nagoya-shi Kōkaidō, Nagoya, Japan

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

🎫 July 1 Sun: Nagoya-shi Kōkaidō, Nagoya, Japan

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Flor De Canela - Samba De Sausalito - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Light Of Life - Se A Cabo

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

🔔 July 2 Mon: Nagoya to Osaka, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): Travel from Nagoya’s train station to Osaka by Super-Express Hikari #71. Check in Osaka Royal Hotel.

🎫 July 2 Mon: Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan

🎫 July 3 Tue: Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan

🎫 July 4 Wed: Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan

🔔 July 5 Thu: Osaka to Kyoto, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): Travel from by car. Check in Kyoto Grand Hotel.

🎫 July 5 Thu: Kyoto Kaikan Daiichi Hall, Kyoto, Japan

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Se A Cabo - Mr Udo - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture - Samba Pa Ti - Incident At Neshabur

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

🔔 July 6 Fri: Kyoto to Tokyo, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): Travel from Kyoto’s train station to Tokyo by Super-Express Hikari #60. Check in Tokyo Hilton Hotel.

🎫 July 6 Fri: Nippon Budōkan, Tokyo, Japan

Exact: Meditation/Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Mantra/Kyoto - Castillos De Arena, Part 2 (Sand Castle) - Light Of Life - Se A Cabo - Mr Udo - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture - Happy Birthday Michael Shrieve - Samba Pa Ti - Incident At Neshabur

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

Ticket
July 6, 1973 from "Lotus" Gatefold Inner Cover © Kenji Miura

🎫 July 7 Sat: Nippon Budōkan, Tokyo, Japan

Incomplete: Meditation/Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Mantra/Kyoto - Toussaint L’Overture - Incident At Neshabur

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

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🔔 🎸 July 8 Sun: Tokyo, Japan

Note: Day off. Hideto Isoda takes Carlos Santana to Sony 1 Star, a recording studio in Roppongi, Tokyo to see Kenji Omura’s band rehearsal session. They eventually play together, and the Japanese guitarist is invited to come to Los Angeles.

🔔 July 9 Mon: Tokyo to Sapporo, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): Travel from Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport to Sapporo’s Shin-Chitose International Airport by JAL #515. Check in Sapporo Prince Hotel.

🎫 July 10 Tue: Hokkaido Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Sapporo, Japan

Incomplete: Meditation/Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

🎫 July 11 Wed: Hokkaido Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Sapporo, Japan

Note: Show time 6:30 p.m.

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🔔 July 12 Thu: Sapporo, Japan

Note: Day off.

🔔 July 13 Fri: Sapporo to Tokyo to Fukuoka, Japan

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): At 12:45 p.m. travel from Sapporo’s Shin-Chinose International Airport to Tokyo by JAL #508, change flight, at 3:20 p.m. travel from Tokyo to Fukuoka by JAL #367. Check in Nishitetsu Grand Hotel.

🔔 July 14 Sat: Fukuoka, Japan to Hong Kong

Note ("Lotus" album booklet): At 11:00 a.m. travel from Fukuoka International Airport to Hong Kong Kai Tak International Airport.

Quote from Ron Cuskelly & Patrick Stansfield (http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/electra/santana-electra.htm): If I remember correctly the Electra was given a permit to ferry empty to Sapporo and make the jump non-stop directly to Hong Kong (Kai Tak) with passengers and freight on board. The amazing thing about that flight was the famous "checkerboard" (IGS 13) approach path into Kai Tak. It was a series of right angle turns, with dozens of ubiquitous Hong Kong tenement skyscrapers seemingly off either wingtip on approach!

🎫 July 15 Sun: The Lee Theatre, Hong Kong

Quote from Ron Cuskelly & Patrick Stansfield (http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/electra/santana-electra.htm): During the layover in Hong Kong the weather deteriorated into a full blown typhoon. The Star ferry, funicular railway, and electric trams ceased to operate. Heavy storm shutters blocked all shop windows and even the Lee Garden Hotel battened down hatches. Everything essentially was shut for two solid days. We had nothing to do but hang and drink. There being no hangar space available to shelter N42FM, it was decided to move her to Manila out of harm's way. Consequently she took off prior to the Typhoon arriving in Hong Kong. We did the shows at the old Lee Garden Theatre and audiences as I recall were so unused to Western Pop Culture that when the set was finished and Carlos walked offstage there was only silence. Carlos was somewhat puzzled and asked the promoter did they like the show? The promoter, Arthur Oh, had a few of his lads "start" the applause in the house and it rippled like wildfire through the audience. The problem did not re-occur at the second show as the audience had already been briefed and the starters were in place to "cue" the fans!

🎫 July 16 Mon: The Lee Theatre, Hong Kong

🔔 July 18 Wed: Jakarta, Indonesia

Note: Cancelled show.

Quote from Ron Cuskelly & Patrick Stansfield (http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/electra/santana-electra.htm): I do believe the typhoon delayed the departure and resulted in the cancellation of the show in Jakarta. I do not recall landing the aircraft or doing a performance there at all.

🎫 July 19 Thu: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Quote from Ron Cuskelly & Patrick Stansfield (http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/electra/santana-electra.htm): I do in fact vividly recall landing in KL and the show at the Stadium Negara

© Tim Fin
© Tim Fin

🎧 July 20 Fri: Release of "Love Devotion Surrender"

Carlos Santana's 2nd solo album. Original release on LP(gf) (Col: USA 32034, Netherlands 69037, Japan 25AP 818)

Side 1: 1. A Love Supreme (7:48) - 2. Naima (3:09) - 3. The Life Divine (9:30)

Side 2: 1. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord (15:45) - 2. Meditation (2:45)

Musicians: Carlos Santana, "Mahavishnu" John McLaughlin, Don Alias, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Armando Peraza, Doug Rauch, Michael Shrieve, Khalid Yasin (Larry Young)

Recorded: New York, NY Oct-Nov2, 1972

Re-releases:

"Love Devotion Surrender" on LP(gf/quad) (Col USA CQ 32034)

"Live!/Love Devotion Surrender" in 1976 on 2LP(gf) (Col Netherlands 22019)

"Love Devotion Surrender" on June 29, 1987 on CD (Col: USA CK 32034, Austria 468871 2, Japan SRCS 7018)

"Love Devotion Surrender. Master Sound" on Feb 1, 1997 on CD(20-bit/dgpck) (Col/Sony Japan SRCS 9179)

"Love Devotion Surrender. Original Recording Remastered" on Sept 30, 2003 on CD (Col/Sony USA CK 63595)

Note: The re-release "Love Devotion Surrender. Original Recordings Remastered" from Sept 30, 2003 on CD includes two extra tracks: A Love Supreme (Alternative - Take 2) - Naima (Alternative - Take 4).

July 20, 1973 LP(gf) - LP(gf/quad)
June 29, 1987 CD - Feb 1, 1997 CD(20-bit/dgpck)
Front Cover © Chris Poisson (photo)
July 20, 1973 LP(gf) - LP(gf/quad)
June 29, 1987 CD - Feb 1, 1997 CD(20-bit/dgpck)
Back Cover
"Live!/Love Devotion Surrender"
1976 2LP(gf)
July 20, 1973 LP Gatefold Inner Cover
Release Ad #1
Release Ad #2 © Chris Poisson (photo)

🎫 July 23 Mon: Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia

The Santana Electra. Eagle Farm Airport, Queensland, Australia July 1973

🎫 July 25 Wed: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia

Wed-Thu Poster

🎫 July 26 Thu: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia

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🎫 July 28 Sat: Apollo Entertainment Centre, Richmond, Australia

🎫 July 29 Sun: Apollo Entertainment Centre, Richmond, Australia

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🎫 July 30 Mon: Beatty Park, North Perth, Australia

🎫 July 31 Tue: Beatty Park, North Perth, Australia

🎫 Aug 2 Thu: Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia

Ticket
© John Annas
© John Annas
© John Annas

🎫 Aug 3 Fri: Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia

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🎫 Aug 5 Sun: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia

Ticket

🎫 Aug 7 Tue: Civic Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand

Quote from Ron Cuskelly & Patrick Stansfield (http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/electra-188/santana-electra.htm): Here the show is played at the Civic Theatre in downtown Auckland. Long since demolished, it featured a Venetian Gondola Orchestra platform that raised from the pit to stage level on hydraulic riser tubes. In it's lowered position it served as the Band Stage for an elaborate Dance Hall / Night Club with a grand Venetian setting and decor. The load-in was down the main aisle of the upper theatre and across a scaffolding bridge over the void between the theatre balcony front row and the stage lip; as the night club floor lay twenty odd foot below it was totally out of sight line up to the main stage! The audience sat in the "Balcony" and by the way, the planks on top of the load-in bridge were removed for onstage security!

🎫 🎫 Aug 8 Wed: Town Hall Of The Performing Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand

1st show

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In time To See The Sun - Bambele - Um Um Um

2nd show

Incomplete: Going Home/A1-Funk - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena, Part 1 (Sand Castle) - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Incident At Neshabur

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

Quote from Carlos Santana (Stuff 2013): I treasure that concert, everything felt perfect... Every time I listened to that concert over the years, I felt inspired and overwhelmed. Of all the concerts I've done in the world, I remember that one most of all. And I lost that tape.

Quote from Ron Cuskelly & Patrick Stansfield (http://www.adastron.com/lockheed/electra/santana-electra.htm): The show was performed at the modern and lively, though petite Town Hall.

© Kevin Hill
© Kevin Hill

1973 Pacific Tour Map

Note: Should you notice any errors, please let us know at: karimo2@orange.fr

© Santanamigos. Click image to open expanded view.

Tour: USA East

🎫 Aug 12 Sun: Garden State Summer Music Fair. Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Light Of Life - Se A Cabo - Mr Udo - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture - Samba Pa Ti - Incident At Neshabur

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🎫 Aug 15 Wed: Civic Center, Providence, RI

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Light Of Life - Se A Cabo

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🎫 Aug 16 Thu: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

113 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Flor De Canela - Samba De Sausalito - Se A Cabo - Mr Udo - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Toussaint L'Overture

🎫 Aug 17 Fri: Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Light Of Life - Se A Cabo - Mr Udo - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture - Samba Pa Ti - Incident At Neshabur

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🎫 Aug 18 Sat: Jaycee Fairgrounds, Fayetteville, NC

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Japan - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Se A Cabo - Mr Udo - The Creator Has A Master Plan - Toussaint L'Overture - Samba Pa Ti - Incident At Neshabur

🎫 Aug 19 Sun: Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA

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🔔 Aug: New York, NY

Note from Deborah Santana (Space Between The Stars. My Journey To An Open Heart 2005): Sri Chinmoy gives Carlos Santana and Deborah Santana their spiritual names: “Devadip” (Lamp Of God, Eye Of God, Light Of God) for him, and “Urmila” (Light Of The Supreme) for her. Carlos Santana asks is entourage to call him “Devadip”. (p241)

Aug: Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin Band

Carlos Santana (g/perc/vo), John McLaughlin (g/p), Douglas Rauch (b/g), Billy Cobham (ds), Armando Peraza (perc/vo), Larry Young (Khalid Yasin) (org)

Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin Band. (left to right) Billy Cobham (ds), Carlos Santana (g/perc/vo), John McLaughlin (g/p)

Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin Tour: USA East/Canada/USA Midwest-West

🎫 Aug 26 Sun: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Exact: Meditation/Flame-Sky - A Love Supreme - I'm Aware Of You - Love, Devotion & Surrender - Taurian Matador - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

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🎫 🎫 Aug 28 Tue: Music Hall, Boston, MA

1st or 2nd show. 91 min.

Exact: Meditation/Flame-Sky - A Love Supreme - Taurian Matador - Naima - The Life Divine - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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🎫 Aug 29 Wed: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Exact: Meditation/Flame-Sky - A Love Supreme - I'm Aware Of You - Band Introduction - Naima - The Life Divine - Taurian Matador - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

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🎫 Aug 30 Thu: Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH

Incomplete: Meditation/Flame-Sky - A Love Supreme - I’m Aware Of You - Band Introduction - Naima - A Life Divine

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🎫 Aug 31 Fri: Crisler Arena, University Of Michigan, Ann Harbor, MI

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Press Review

🎫 Sept 1 Sat: International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL

150 min.

Exact: Meditation/The Life Divine - A Love Supreme - I'm Aware Of You - Band Introduction - Naima - Flame-Sky - Taurian Matador - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

© Roman Sobus

🎫 🎫 Sept 4 Tue: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

1st or 2nd show

Incomplete: Flame-Sky - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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© Loni Specter
© Loni Specter

🎫 🎫 Sept 5 Wed: Community Center Theatre, Berkeley, CA

1st show

Incomplete: Meditation/The Life Divine - A Love Supreme - Flame-Sky - ? - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

2nd show

Exact: Meditation/The Life Divine - A Love Supreme - I'm Aware Of You/Armando Peraza/Billy Cobham - Flame-Sky - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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© Jim Marshall
© Jim Marshall
© Jim Marshall

🎫 Sept 7 Fri: Seattle Arena, Seattle, WA

Exact: Meditation/The Life Divine - A Love Supreme - I'm Aware Of You - Naima - Flame-Sky - Taurian Matador - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

🎸 Sept 7 Fri: The Aquarius, Seattle, WA

Note: Played after the Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin Band show, Carlos Santana is guest of Elvin Bishop.

🎫 Sept 9 Sun: Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR

🎫 🎫 Sept 12 Wed: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

1st show

Exact: Meditation/The Life Divine - A Love Supreme - I'm Aware Of You - Naima - Taurian Matador - Flame-Sky

2nd show

Exact: Meditation/The Life Divine - A Love Supreme - I'm Aware Of You - Naima - Flame-Sky

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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🎫 Sept 14 Fri: Honolulu International Center Arena, Honolulu, Oahu, HI

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🔔 Sept: “Dipti Nivas” Restaurant Opening. San Francisco, CA

Note from Deborah Santana (Space Between The Stars. My Journey To An Open Heart 2005): Carlos and Deborah Santana are asked by Sri Chinmoy to open a vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco, CA. (p229) During the Summer tours, Deborah Santana and Kitsaun King are starting the “divine enterprise”, located at the corner of Church and Market Streets, and named "Dipti Nivas" (the Abode Of Light). (p232) Deborah Santana: The restaurant work purified my heart, and the simple act of serving our customers balanced the life I had as Carlos’ wife. (p235)

Quote from Carlos Santana (The Universal Tone 2014): People could taste our intention and feel what we had to offer on a spiritual level. Dipti Nivas stayed popular for a long time. (p360)

Quote from Deborah Santana (https://www.deborahsantana.com/blog/community/a-banquet Nov 10, 2017): The windows onto Church Street reached twenty feet high. The J streetcar clanged to a stop at the intersection with Market Street and people walked briskly to school, work and home, often stopping to enter our vegetarian restaurant, Dipti Nivas. Lines snaked out the door at the dinner rush, customers waiting to order veggie burgers, a square of Eggplant Parmesan, a protein shake or fruit salad. I stood at the cash register wearing my sari, the required dress of the guru we followed, greeting customers as I rang up the food on their trays. I opened Dipti Nivas when I was twenty-two, my then-husband and I disciples of a guru from India whose jnana yoga included serving the world through business and teaching meditation. San Francisco’s skyline boasted the Pyramid building as one of the tallest in the City. Salesforce, Twitter, AirBNB and Google were not in our consciousnesses then. It seems like a lifetime ago that I created the menu, worked with San Francisco architect Bob Tanaka on designing the cafeteria-style dining room, and a disciple, Saumitra, built the simple wooden tables and chairs. I drove from Marin to the restaurant daily to work the 2:00 p.m. ‘til closing shift. My sister, Kitsaun, worked the early morning shift, picking up crates of fresh vegetables at the wholesale market, ordering dairy products and staples, and making bank deposits.

Quote from Sri Chinmoy (Dipti Nivas. Agni Press 1976): How can Dipti Nivas please you more? Dipti Nivas is already pleasing me in a surprising way. But, as I say, there is no end to our progress, to our achievement. Therefore, I can tell you that there are ways to please me more. All the workers of Dipti Nivas must feel that Dipti Nivas has a body, Dipti Nivas has a vital, Dipti Nivas has a mind, Dipti Nivas has a heart, Dipti Nivas has a soul.

Sept: Santana #14 (resuming)

(left to right) Carlos Santana (g/perc/vo), Michael Shrieve (ds), Jose "Chepito" Areas (perc), Armando Peraza (perc/vo), Douglas Rauch (b/g), Richard Kermode (kbd), Tom Coster (kbd/vo), Leon Thomas (vo)

Santana #14

Tour: Central/South America

🔔 The Tour

Note: Excerpts of several shows from the 1973 Central/South American Tour are later shown in movie theaters worldwide in the documentary “Santana En Colores”. In France, the film premieres in 1975 as “Santana. Le Rythme Du Feu”. The Santana Band travels in a private jet, a Lockheed L-188C Electra MSN 1077 with 12 tons of equipment. The band is accommodated in a 22 seat front cabin behind the cockpit. The crew is in an 18-20 seat rear cabin which was once first class. The cargo of sound and band gear plus six non-arc spotlights is carried in a fifty foot long cabin amidships with bulkheads fore and aft. The band gets between $700,000 and $1,000,000 for the full tour.

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"Le Rythme Du Feu"
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"Le Rythme Du Feu"
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The Santana Electra

🎫 Sept 21 Fri: Guadalajara, Mexico

Note: First show in Mexico since Carlos Santana left the country in late Aug 1963.

🎫 Sept 22 Sat: Auditorio De La Reforma, Puebla, Mexico

Sept 22 or 23, 1973
Sept 22 or 23, 1973
Sept 22 or 23, 1973

🎫 Sept 23 Sun: Auditorio De La Reforma, Puebla, Mexico

🎫 Sept 24 Mon: Teatro De Los Insurgentes, Mexico City, Mexico

🎫 Sept 26 Wed: Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Note: The Santana Band arrives at La Aurora International Airport at 4:15 p.m., and is welcomed by president Arana’s daughter. At the airport, Carlos Santana answers questions from the local press. The sold out show starts at 8:05 p.m. to end around 11:00 p.m.. Benefit for the Comité Central de Acción Social.

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© Jorge Palmieri

🎸 Sept 26 Wed: Ricardo’s Club, 6ª Avenida, Zone 9, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Note: At the end of the Santana show, one of the promoters invites the band for some drinks at a local bar managed by Julia Zardeto and Jorge Palmieri. The club is owned by American Richard Aoun who invited the band to play in the country. The club’s band starts to play several Santana’s songs, and Carlos Santana and Jose “Chepito” Areas play with them eventually.

Quote from Cesar Borrayo (http://leclubmusica.blogspot.fr/2009/11/santana-en-guatemala-1973.html): Existen 2 artículos que salieron ahora con la segunda venida de Santana, en uno de ellos hay una anécdota bien interesante que cuenta que Carlos Santana quiso conocer Guatemala de noche y llegó a un club que quedaba en la zona 9 donde había música en vivo en el lugar, él pidió una guitarra y se hecharon un jam con el grupo que estaba tocando en el lugar, estas son las fotos y son extraidas de un artículo de Jorge Palmieri y una revision de Jorge Sierra.

© Jorge Palmieri
© Jorge Palmieri

🎫 🎫 Sept 28 Fri: Gimnasio Nacional José Adolfo Pineda, San Salvador, El Salvador

1st or 2nd show

Incomplete: Samba Pa Ti (1)

Releases:

(1) "Viva Santana! An Intimate Conversation With Carlos Santana" on Oct 18, 1988 on VHS (Col: USA 19V 49007, France 049007)

(1) "Viva Santana! An Intimate Conversation With Carlos Santana" on LD-NTSC (Col/Sony Japan ID6333CB)

(1) "Viva Santana! An Intimate Conversation With Carlos Santana" on Sept 12, 2006 on DVD-R1 (Legacy USA 82876 89534 9)

Note: Two shows played in the same day. First sold out show at 5:00 p.m., second sold out show at 8:30 p.m. Benefits for the Salvadoran Red Cross.

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Press Review

🎫 Sept 29 Sat: Gimnasio Nacional Eddy Cortés, San José, Costa Rica

Note: Santana’s show holds the distinction of the first rock concert held in Costa Rica.

© Francisco Cuadra
© Francisco Cuadra

🎫 Sept 30 Sun: Estadio Revolución, Panama City, Panama

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Light Of Life - Se A Cabo - Soul Sacrifice - Samba Pa Ti - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

© Stacey Peacock
© Stacey Peacock

🔔 Oct 2 Tue: Managua, Nicaragua

Note: Coming directly from Panama, the Santana Band arrives at Las Merced International Airport at 3:30 p.m. The last band member coming out of the private plane is local native Jose “Chepito” Areas, who gets an outstanding ovation from the crowd. The band stays at the Intercontinental Hotel in Managua. At 7:30 p.m. the band and Mexican comedian Mario Moreno “Cantinflas” are invited by Anastasio Somoza at the Hacienda El Retiro. After the visit, Jose “Chepito” Areas travels to his birthplace Léon, to see his family.

🎫 Oct 3 Wed: Estadio General Somoza, Managua, Nicaragua

Note: Benefit for the victims of the Dec 23, 1972 hearthquake.

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🔔 Oct 4 Thu: Managua, Nicaragua to Maracaibo, Venezuela

Note: Coming directly from Managua Las Merced International Airport, the Santana Electra lands at 7:00 p.m. at Caujarito Airport, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Check in Maruma Hotel. Carlos Santana stays in room #315. At midnight, he enjoys the swimming pool.

🔔 Oct 5 Fri: Salón Tamare, Hotel Maruma, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Note: Press conference.

🎸 🎫 Oct 5 Fri: Plaza De Toros Monumental, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Note: Broadcast live on Venezuelan Radio Capital. In the same evening, Carlos Santana is guest of opening band Guaco on two songs. Attendance: 12,000. No troubles during the show. Impressed by the opening band Guaco, Michael Shrieve brings back several furrucos with him (friction drums).

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🎫 Oct 6 Sat: Plaza De Toros Monumental, Valencia, Venezuela

Note: Opening band: Un Camino (but can’t play because of organizational problems). Attendance: 35,000. Show time: 8:30 p.m. Duration: approx. 4 hours. The promoters ask the band to play their latin hits such as “Oye Como Va” first to keep the audience happy. Serious drug abuse in the crowd. 130 arrested, 30 injured, 7 women raped (Quote from Asdrúbal Zurita El Mundo Oct 8, 1973). 19-year-old student Carlos Emilio Pacheco Herrera dies jumping from a height of 18 meters screaming “I’m the dove of peace”. It is rumored that 23-year-old Griselda Castillo also dies, but the young woman is victim of a stroke before the show (Quote from El Carabobeño Oct 8, 1973: Bailarina de las danzas del Barrio Valle Verde de Naguanagua murió de un infarto al miocardio en el Parque Andres Eloy Blanco el sabado (06), cuando partia en un acto cultural en homenaje a la Sra. Carmen de Peralta, esposa del Secretario de Educación del Estado Carabobo… y no en la Plaza Monumental como se dijo en medios allegados al Hospital Central, adonde ingreso su cadáver a eso de las 7:00 p.m. del dia señalado). The tragic show is known as “El Santanazo”. The Venezuelan release of the album "Welcome" has a photo of the show on the back cover (CBS Venezuela CS-10.157).

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Venezuelan "Welcome" LP Back Cover

🎫 Oct 7 Sun: Estadio Universitario, Caracas, Venezuela

Incomplete: Meditation/Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Bambele - Um-um-um - Yours Is The Light - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting

Note: MC: Placido Garrido. Opening band: Syma. Attendance: 35,000-40,000. Serious drug abuse in the crowd. 150 arrested, 45 young people and 15 policemen injured. Jose “Chepito” Areas helps to evacuate several people who fainted. Show cut short due to severe weather conditions.

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🔔 Oct 8 Mon: Caracas, Venezuela to Bogotá, Colombia

Note: Travel.

🎫 Oct 10 Wed: Coliseo El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia

🎫 Oct 11 Thu: Coliseo El Pueblo, Cali, Colombia

🔔 Oct 12 Fri: Cali, Colombia to Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Note: The Santana Electra has to stop in Asunción, Paraguay for fuel, but the employee in charge has gone to sleep. They need to look for him and wake him up to refuel the plane. Their arrival in Buenos Aires initially scheduled for 9:00 p.m. is delayed, and they are landing at the Ezeiza International Airport the following day at 4:10 a.m.

🔔 Oct 13 Sat: Sheraton Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Note: After their late arrival, the band is taken to the Sheraton hotel at 5:00 a.m. where a welcome meal is waiting for them. At 8:00 a.m. everybody is going to bed. 24 bedrooms are reserved for the band. The day before, Juan D. Perón inaugurates his third presidency, hence the Santana show is considered part of the local festivities. However, because of their late arrival, the show initially scheduled at the Estadio El Viejo Gasómetro on Saturday Oct 13 is postponed to Tuesday Oct 16. Later in the day, they give a press conference. The local journalists try to mock Carlos Santana’s spituality.

🎫 Oct 14 Sun: Teatro Metro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Note: First show ever played in Argentina. Each of the three shows played in the country is charged $50,000.

🎫 Oct 15 Mon: Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Bambele - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela - Samba De Sausalito - Incident At Neshabur

🎫 Oct 16 Tue: Estadio El Gasómetro (Club Atlético San Lorenzo De Almagro Stadium), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Note: Originally scheduled for Saturday Oct 13 but postponed to Tuesday Oct 16 because of late arrival in the country. Attendance: 10,000-12,000. Show time: 9:00 p.m. but starts 25 min. later. The stage is set up in the middle of the field, and during the show, Carlos Santana asks the audience to cross the barricades to get closer.

🎫 Oct 18 Thu: Ginásio Do Grêmio, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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🎫 Oct 19 Fri: Ginásio Palmeiras, São Paulo, Brazil

110 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Bambele - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Waiting - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - Free Angela/Aranjuez - Samba De Sausalito - Se A Cabo - Samba Pa Ti - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture

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© Acervo

🎫 Oct 20 Sat: Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso (Maracanãzinho), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Ticket
© Mauricio Valladares
© Mauricio Valladares

🎫 Oct 21 Sun: Ginásio Municipal Novo, Brasília, Brazil

1973 Central/South America Tour Map

Note: Should you notice any errors, please let us know at: karimo2@orange.fr

© Santanamigos. Click image to open expanded view.

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🎧 Nov 9 Fri: Release of "Welcome"

Santana's 5th album. Original release on LP (Col: USA 32445, Netherlands 69040, Japan 25AP 819, Venezuela CS-10.157)

Side 1: 1. Going Home (4:10) - 2. Love, Devotion & Surrender (3:35) - 3. Samba De Sausalito (3:08) 4. When I Look Into Your Eyes (5:49) - 5. Yours Is The Light (5:44)

Side 2: 1. Mother Africa (5:54) - 2. Light Of Life (3:49) - 3. Flame-Sky (11:32) - 4. Welcome (6:28)

Musicians: Carlos Santana, Jose "Chepito" Areas, Tom Coster, Richard Kermode, Armando Peraza, Doug Rauch, "Maitreya" Michael Shrieve, Leon Thomas

W/Greg Adams S2#2, Jules Broussard S2#1, Alice Coltrane S1#1, Joe Farell S1#4, Wendy Haas S1#2, S1#4, Mel Martin S1#4, S1#5, "Mahavishnu" John McLaughlin S2#3, Flora Purim S1#5, Doug Rodriguez S1#4, Tony Smith S1#3, Bob Yance S1#4, S1#5

Recorded: S1#2 New York, NY Oct 1972, S2#3 San Francisco, CA May 2, 1973

Re-releases:

"Welcome" on LP(quad) (Col USA CQ 32445)

"Welcome" on CD (Col: Austria 32194, Japan SRCS 6319)

"Welcome. Original Recording Remastered" on Sept 30, 2003 on CD (Col/Sony USA)

Note: The re-release "Welcome. Original Recording Remastered" from Sept 30, 2003 on CD includes one extra track: Mantra.

Nov 9, 1973 LP - LP(quad) - CD
LP Venezuelan Release Front Cover
LP Venezuelan Release Back Cover
with photo from Oct 6, 1973
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Tour: Europe

🎫 Nov 13 Tue: Colston Hall, Bristol, UK

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🎫 🎫 Nov 14 Wed: Rainbow Theatre, London, UK

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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🎫 🎫 Nov 15 Thu: Rainbow Theatre, London, UK

1st or 2nd show

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In Time To See The Sun - Bambele - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - ? - ? - Flor De Canela/Samba De Sausalito - When I Look Into Your Eyes - Free Angela - Se A Cabo - Savor - Toussaint L'Overture - Samba Pa Ti

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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🎫 🎫 Nov 16 Fri: Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, UK

1st show

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In Time To See The Sun - Bambele - Um-um-um - Samba Pa Ti - Toussaint L'Overture - Se A Cabo - Incident At Neshabur - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - When I Look Into Your Eyes - Free Angela

2nd show

Incomplete: Se A Cabo - Incident At Neshabur

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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🎫 Nov 17 Sat: Empire Pool, London, UK

🎫 🎫 Nov 18 Sun: The Hardrock Concert Theatre, Manchester, UK

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

6:00 p.m. Show Ticket
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🎫 Nov 20 Tue: Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany

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🎫 Nov 22 Thu: Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg, Germany

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🎫 Nov 23 Fri: Sporthalle, Böblingen, Germany

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In Time To See The Sun - Bambele - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - ? - Flor De Canela/Samba De Sausalito

🎫 Nov 25 Sun: Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In Time To See The Sun - Bambele - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - ? - Flor De Canela - Incident At Neshabur - When I Look Into Your Eyes - Se A Cabo - Samba Pa Ti

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🎫 Nov 26 Mon: Congress Centrum, Hamburg, Germany

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© Heinrich Klaffs
© Heinrich Klaffs

🎫 Nov 27 Tue: Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany

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Ticket

🎫 Nov 28 Wed: Forest Vorst Nationa(a)l, Brussels, Belgium

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🎫 Nov 30 Fri: Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

Incomplete: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In Time To See The Sun - Bambele - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - ? - Flor De Canela - Incident At Neshabur

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🎫 Dec 3 Mon: Palasport, Turin, Italy

Exact: Going Home/A1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In Time To See The Sun - Bambele - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - ? - Flor De Canela - Incident At Neshabur - When I Look Into Your Eyes - Se A Cabo - Soul Sacrifice

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🎫 🎫 Dec 5 Wed: Palacio Municipal De Deportes, Barcelona, Spain

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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🎫 🎫 Dec 6 Thu: Teatro Monumental, Madrid, Spain

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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© Gianni Ferrari
© Gianni Ferrari
© Gianni Ferrari

🎫 Dec 8 Sat: The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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© Brigitte Lehmann
© Brigitte Lehmann
© Brigitte Lehmann

🎫 🎫 Dec 9 Sun: Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland

Note: Two shows played in the same evening.

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© Franz Gloor
© Franz Gloor

🎫 Dec 12 Wed: Palazzo Dello Sport, Rome, Italy

Ticket
© Filippo De Orchi

1973 Europe Tour Map

Note: Should you notice any errors, please let us know at: karimo2@orange.fr

© Santanamigos. Click image to open expanded view.

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🎫 Dec 31 Mon: Winterland, San Francisco, CA

97 min.

Exact: Going Home/A-1 Funk/Every Step Of The Way - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Oye Como Va - Just In Time To See The Sun - Bambele (1) - Um-um-um - Batucada - Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - Stone Flower - Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - ? - Incident At Neshabur - When I Look Into Your Eyes - Se A Cabo

Releases:

(1) "Viva Santana!" in Aug 1988 on 3LP(gf) (Col: USA 44344, Netherlands 462500 1)

(1) "Viva Santana!" on Oct 4, 1988 on 2CD (Col: USA C2K 44344, Austria 462500 2, Japan 46DP 5334~5)

Quote from Jim Deplitch (Dec 31, 2003): It was Thirty Years Ago Today…. December 31, 1973. Dave the drummer and I, a 16-year-old bass player, had tickets to see Santana at Winterland in San Francisco, on New Year’s Eve 1973. Transportation was a problem as neither one of us had access to a car, or the money to take the bus. Under a cold and cloudy sky, we had about a forty-mile journey from Palo Alto north to San Francisco, so we decided to hitchhike up HWY 101. Once we got to the freeway ramp, as soon as we stuck out our thumbs it started raining. Even with fair skies, San Francisco can feel like one of the coldest places on earth this time of year. Having to hitch a ride home after the show wouldn’t be a picnic either. But hey, I was about to see Santana for the first time, and I wasn’t gonna let a little rain stop me. Just before we got thoroughly soaked, this multi-colored VW van pulled over, driven by a guy that reminded me of Cat Stevens. I think he called himself “Keefer.” He explained that he lived in San Francisco, and offered to take us right to Winterland. Wow, what a break! As we approached the city, the rain was really coming down. Keefer suggested that if we had trouble getting a ride after the show, that we could call him later and he'd pick us up. What a guy!! (Some people were so nice back then) At Winterland: Several bands were on the slate, so I’ll fast-forward past the forgettable opening acts, with the exception of Journey, who was scheduled to go on just before Santana. Before this night, the band called “Journey’” was completely unknown to me. Some of the locals gave us a rundown, explaining that Journey included former members of Santana and that this was their first live performance. People were speculating what kind of music Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie was going to come out with. Journey’s debut had hints of the old Santana band sound without the percussion. Neal and Gregg looked like they had something to prove and made an impact with the crowd right away. My first impression of Neal Schon was that he came across as like an egotistical Carlos Santana impersonator, based on his playing style and facial expressions. I remember that Dave and I agreed that Journey was a hot act and would be worth seeing again. The crowd was getting noticeably toasted by this time, offering Journey loud intoxicated cheers of approval. After Journey finished, there was a rumor going around that Schon and Rolie would appear with Santana at the end of the night to do “Song of the Wind”. Ironically, minutes later, “Song of the Wind” began playing over the PA as a clue that Santana would soon be taking the stage. It sounded so good through the sound system, and I started getting excited, realizing that Carlos would be playing live, right in front of me. The wait was over, Winterland went completely dark, and the pleasant fragrance of incense cut through the smoky air. From the right side of the stage, out of the shadows, appeared a smiling Carlos wearing all white with his hair cut short. When the spotlight found him, the finish of his red and orange sunburst Les Paul gleamed and looked ready to take off. This was a beautiful sight. Carlos checked his volume knob, and then played a few quick bursts of melodic notes, using his trademark tone. The adrenaline hit! There was no doubt that I was in the presence of greatness. Next, Carlos requested a moment of silence for prayer. This felt like an awkward moment as a few people refused to quiet down. Not respecting his wishes seemed so rude. Slowly, the dynamics of the music built with intensity, and the band already sounded far sophisticated above the previous acts. I was on sensory overload panning across the stage, seeing Carlos, Mike Shrieve, Doug Rauch, Armondo Perraza, Chepito, Tom Coster, etc, realizing that, wow, what a lineup they have! Focusing on Carlos, his guitar intensity and tone was incredible. It was loud enough to be heard over the band, but melodic to the ear. His lead passages were like beams from heaven, piercing and soaring through the clouds of the Winterland smoke. As a bass player, I was also glued to watching Doug Rauch, knowing that he had a style and presence that completely inspired me. I remember, however, feeling a little saddened not hearing Gregg Rolie’s voice on “Black Magic Woman” and “Time to See the Sun.” As the set progressed, the crowd became more and more obnoxious as loud demands for “ Evil Ways” and the blowing of noisy air horns escalated to a major distraction. It became clear that Dave and I were in the minority for cheering Carlos’ new material and welcoming his message of spirituality. The majority of the audience was indulging in drugs, alcohol, cultural intolerance, and resistance to enlightenment. Well into the set, Carlos paused to address the crowd and said something about sensing all the pain in the audience, and that he would cry for them. He even said he’d “play all night if you want me to.” I was thoroughly impressed by Santana’s courage and compassion, the way he tried to reach a hostile crowd that was not open to receiving his words of kindness. The situation got uglier, as a few fights broke out close to where we were standing. After Santana played their last song and left the stage, Dave and I worked our way over to the nearest exit. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember them doing an encore. The rumored reunion of Carlos, Gregg, and Neal was obviously not going to happen and at this point of the night, I was more concerned about getting out of there safely. Strangely, I don’t remember the New Year being welcomed in or at what part of the show that it happened. It was now 1974, the house lights are on, and Santana is gone. Heading out the door with the crowd into the cold and damp San Francisco night air, I was pre-occupied with getting ourselves back to a freeway ramp-heading south. While glancing toward the traffic on Geary Street, someone yelled from a passing car, “How was Carlos?” and Dave joyously replied “Beautiful, man!” Although I was feeling unsafe, this helped me put things back in perspective. Carlos WAS incredible, and we got to see him! Before this night, I had just recently started getting into his music, and after this night, Carlos was a hero to me as a person, musician and gave me total inspiration I would take from that night forward. Walking south on Geary Street, the reality hit that we had a ways to go and would probably freeze our butts before reaching the 101-freeway entrance toward San Jose. The city’s thick fog and unfriendly streets reinforced that we were a long way from Palo Alto. It was time to find a phone booth and get a hold of the “Cat Steven’s guy” who dropped us off. We frantically rifled our pockets for his number, found it, and made the call. True to his word, Keefer was a welcome sight when he eventually showed up in his VW van. He invited to take us to a local neighborhood coffee shop that was crowded with colorful crazy people hanging out after hours. The San Francisco glitter thing was happening in those days and this restaurant was quite a stage for costumes. Over coffee and French fries, we finally had an opportunity to relax and inform Keefer about what we had just experienced at Winterland. We were relieved when our generous host suggested we sleep “where-ever you can find a spot” at his apartment. Even better, he offered to give us a ride back to Palo Alto the next day! I was thinking that night that God was truly looking out for us. Winding through the dark San Francisco neighborhoods, Dave and I entered the next chapter of weirdness as Keefer parked along side a run down Victorian apartment building that he called home. Beginning with the lobby area, this looked like something you’d associate with the Grateful Dead’s Mars Hotel. We were treated to walls painted different fluorescent colors, strange murals of giant human figures and brightly painted utility pipes running along the ceiling and walls. Thoroughly cold and exhausted, we climbed up an Alfred Hitchcock –looking staircase, entered an apartment, side stepped two people having sex on the floor, continued down a dark hallway, and entered another dimly lit room with old floor lamps and some furniture. In the background, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was playing on the radio. With the sofa already occupied, I sat awake, sitting up in a stuffed chair with one eye open. I was still reminiscing about the Santana concert while looking out the window at the sky getting lighter over the rooftops. I previously thought the Height-Ashbury psychedelic thing was dying out, but it still seemed alive and well on January 1st of 1974. The next morning, Keefer dropped me off at my doorstep. I returned to the familiar comforts of my bedroom, played Caranvanserai on the turntable, practiced my bass and wrote about what I’d just experienced. A few days later, I found Keefer’s wrinkled up phone number in my jacket and dialed his number to say “thanks” again. His phone was disconnected. This was a strange and surreal experience, and maybe a fitting way to begin my years of being a Santana fan. God truly watches out for us.

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