August 27th, 2015
My brother passed away back in the spring and I am posting some shows that he attended as well as shows by bands that he liked but for which he did not leave behind a ticket stub.
When my brother saw Santana at the World Music Theatre in the summer of 1990, the amphitheater was all shiny and new. From what I’ve been able to glean from the Interwebs, the first show at the new venue was less than three months earlier on 2 June when Cher graced the stage. The venue has hosted countless bands since then and undergone four or five name changes as well.
I never knew my brother to be a big Santana fan. It’s not that he disliked them, mind you, it’s just that I don’t recall him having any of their albums. Perhaps he went along with friends to party while having no great affinity for the band. Or he genuinely liked their music. I’ll never know.
Looking at the ticket stub, I recalled that I was starting college that fall and that I had moved into my dorm room a day or two before this concert. If memory serves I spent this night at a house party on the 600 block of West Dayton and it got busted by the police. I walked out unscathed and I recall a friend exiting a basement window and headed for the Howard Johnson (now the DobleTree) pool.
And what about Santana in 1990? This was nine years before Supernatural and its ubiquitous hit single “Smooth”. The band and its namesake, Carlos Santana, were legends at the time, of course, they were, as I remember it, a nostalgia act. Classic rock radio would play “Black Magic Woman” and “Oyo Como Va” while their newer material was generally avoided. The most recent bout of Top 20 fame of theirs that I can recall was “Winning” from their 1981 album Zebop! which was on the radio frequently.
At the time of this concert Santana were out in support of the album Spirits Dancing in the Flesh which had been released a couple months previously. I remember finding the album in the collection of a girlfriend of mine a couple years later but I can’t say that I recall ever listening to it. To the band’s credit, they play six of the ten tracks on the album here instead of simply relying on the old hits.
The concert was broadcast on the radio by WXRT in Chicago. Credit must go to the person who converted this from the original recording as she or he did a good job of getting rid of the announcers.
Angels All Around Us >Spirits Dancing in the Flesh
It’s a Jungle Out There
Somewhere in Heaven
Batuka >Nobody That I Can Depend On
Just a Jam > drums & bass > Solo bass >
We Don’t Have To Wait > Walfredo De Los Reyes> Benny Rietveld
Black Magic Woman > Gypsy Queen > Oyo como Va
Goodness & Mercy
She’s Not There
Peace on Earth/Mother Earth/Third Stone from the Sun
Europa > Jingo
I couldn’t find much live Santana from 1990 on YouTube but there was this clip of the band on The Today Show doing “Spirits Dancing in the Flesh”.