The Welcome Tour was a concert tour by Santana promoting their album, Welcome. The tour began on November 13, 1973 at Colston Hall in Bristol, England and ended on October 29, 1974 at the William P. Cole, Jr. Student Activities Building in College Park, Maryland.
|Tour by Santana|
|Start date||November 13, 1973|
|End date||October 29, 1974|
|No. of shows||61 in North America|
28 in Europe
89 in total
|Santana concert chronology|
After releasing their new album Welcome on November 9, 1973, the band went on tour in North America and Europe to promote the release. The band started the tour with a European tour, starting on November 13, 1973 in England. The tour was scheduled to have two shows in Yugoslavia, but the band was denied entry into the country. Following the European tour, the band ended 1973 with a New Year's Eve show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. In 1974, the band started a North American tour. After finishing a short tour with British guitarist John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana assembled a new lineup of the band. The group added saxophonist Jules Broussard and singer/keyboardist Leon Patillo. Drummer Michael Shrieve left due to health problems and he ended up getting replaced by Leon "Ndugu" Chancler for a short period. Doug Rauch quit the band and David Brown, who had played with Santana from 1966 to 1971, followed in his footsteps.
The set lists of this tour were similar to the set lists of their previous tour, the difference being the addition of "Mirage" and "Give and Take", months before their release on Borboletta and the removal of certain songs from the last tour.
One of the largest crowds Santana performed to during this tour was an appearance at the World Series of Rock festival in Cleveland's Cleveland Stadium on August 31, before a crowd of around 88,000 people. Another large crowd Santana performed to was at the First Annual Barndance and Bar B. Q. in Austin, Texas, playing to a crowd of at least 80,000 people. The band sometimes opened for other artists during this tour such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Live material from this tour has appeared on the following releases:
- "Bambele" from December 31, 1973 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California was released on the 1988 compilation album Viva Santana!.
No songs from 1974 have been officially released on an album. The concerts on July 28 and September 14 were broadcast on American radio, but only the July concert has surfaced.
- Leon Patillo – lead vocals, piano, organ
- Carlos Santana – electric guitar, Echoplex, Latin percussion, vocals
- Tom Coster – Yamaha organ, Hammond organ, electric piano, electric organ, vocals
- David Brown – bass guitar
- Jules Broussard – saxophone, flute
- Michael Shrieve – drums (through an unknown date)
- Leon "Ndugu" Chancler – drums (beginning on an unknown date)
- José ”Chepito” Areas – timbales, congas, percussion, vocals
- Armando Peraza – congas, percussion
Typical set listsEdit
European leg (November 13 – December 12, 1973)Edit
|November 13, 1973||Bristol||England||Colston Hall|
|November 14, 1973
|November 15, 1973|
|November 16, 1973
|November 17, 1973||London||Empire Pool|
|November 18, 1973
|Manchester||The Hardrock Concert Theatre|
|November 20, 1973||Düsseldorf||West Germany||Philips Halle|
|November 22, 1973||Offenburg||Oberrheinhalle|
|November 23, 1973||Böblingen||Sporthalle|
|November 25, 1973||Frankfurt||Festhalle Messe Frankfurt|
|November 26, 1973||Hamburg||Congress Centrum Hamburg|
|November 27, 1973||West Berlin||Deutschlandhalle|
|November 26, 1973||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National|
|November 30, 1973||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|December 3, 1973||Turin||Italy||Palasport di Torino|
|December 5, 1973
|Barcelona||Spain||Palacio Municipal de Deportes|
|December 6, 1973
|December 8, 1973||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Sportpaleis|
|December 9, 1973
|December 12, 1973||Rome||Italy||Palazzo dello Sport|
North American leg (December 31, 1973 – October 29, 1974)Edit
- The concert on July 31 was a part of the CBS Convention.
- The band opened for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on August 11.
- The concert on August 31 was a part of the World Series of Rock.
- The concert on September 1 was a part of ZZ Top's First Annual Barndance and Bar B. Q.
- The concert on October 13 was a part of a Sri Chinmoy benefit.
- "Santana Changes European Tour". Billboard. December 1, 1973. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
- Santana, Carlos (2014). The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-31624-492-3.
- "Search for Setlists: Santana 1974 | setlist.fm". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
- Gorman, John; Feran, Tom (2008). The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio – A Memoir. Gray & Company. ISBN 978-1-59851-051-5.
- Bornino, Bruno (September 2, 1974). "Rock Fans Jam Stadium – 88,000 Rock Fans Win Modell's Praise". Cleveland Press. p. A-1.
- Wilson, Dave (May 25, 2015). "Remembering the infamous ZZ Top show at Texas' Memorial Stadium". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
- Ford, Bob (November 2, 1974). "Talent in Action". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
- "Santana Live at Balboa Stadium, Jul 28, 1974 at Wolfgang's". Wolfgang's. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
- "Santana Concert Setlist at Rainbow Theatre, London on November 15, 1973 | setlist.fm". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
- "Santanamigos. 1973". Santanamigos.pagesperso-orange.fr. Site contains pictures of concert tour posters and ticket stubs. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
- "Santanamigos. 1974". Santanamigos.pagesperso-orange.fr. Site contains pictures of concert tour posters and ticket stubs. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
- Santana Past Shows 1974 at Santana official website