Location: Pensacola, FL, USA
Santana Fan Since: I joined the Santana International Fan Club – Lifetime Member I can’t remember exactly when I joined, likely 1990, when living in San Francisco..I purchased VI VA Santana VHS Tape and almost wore it out. Carlos narrates and I am so moved by the concert in Moscow, it brings me to tears of joy. I love to listen to Carlos tell his story …oh and the music. I moved to Pensacola, Fl in 1993 and in 1995 sent a check for $15.00 to renew my membership. The Fan Club sent me my check back with a letter stating I was a lifetime member already. Now, who, what, or when, do people do that? I still have the check and the letter. I also have saved all newsletters. I love to read about the Milagro Foundation, etc, etc.
Why You Love Santana’s Music: I think most speaks to my soul. I was exposed to it very early in my life.
How Many Times You’ve Seen Carlos Live and Where/When: The 1st time I saw the band live was October, 1969. Fillmore San Francisco, CA. I hitch-hiked regularly from Berkely for Tuesday Buck Night and saved for my $3.50 ticket on Wednesday the night Santana debuted the Lion album. Mike Bloomfield and Friends, Taj Mahal opened. That was a wonderful experience.
1984 Ceaser’s Lake Tahoe, CA. The lead singer from War sang with Santana.
1990 (not sure of the date) Greek Theater Berkeley, CA
1991 May 1st the Warfield San Francisco, CA
1992 August 28th Concord Pavilion Concord CA
1995 June 4th House of Blues New Orleans, LA
1997 April 27th Bayfront Auditorium Pensacola, FL
There I assisted as a ‘runner’ the Band the afternoon before the show.
I was the only person in the auditorium while the band rehearsed.
I have always wanted to meet Carlos, and that did not happen. When
I locate the picture of Chester and me I’ll send it along.
2003 February 19th UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans, LA