JimDevadipFan: Santana was always known to have a real diverse group of fans: hippies, hispanics, the brothers, middle class white kids etc.
He once said that when he performed at one of the California prisons, one of the guards mentioned that all the black, white, Hispanic inmates all came out and sat together to listen. And all the othere performers that played there couldn't make that happen. It was pure music that brought them all together. I'm not sure things would go so well today, if he started talking politics to them.
Another thing is that every fan of different genres seemed to like Santana to a degree. Jazz, Hard Rock, Latin, Soul/R&B - this was pretty unique.
I remember the Caravanserai and Lotus years, when Santana performed they would just weave the songs together one after another. No stage banter, the music just flowed. Sometimes they would construct a little interlude in between. Santana said he got that idea from Weather Report and Miles Davis concerts.
I remember when I played in a band and I suggested we do that. No talking, just song after song - weave them together. The other guys thought it was a little weird. But when we did it the audiences thought it was SO COOL!!
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