The ‘Trip’ of a Lifetime for Santana

Carlos Santana and members from his original band describe the performance they put on at the first Woodstock Festival on August 15, 1969 in Bethel, New York. The band shares how they took LSD backstage, anticipating that they had hours until they were supposed to perform. As it turned out, they were needed on stage much sooner than expected and had to perform under the influence. Carlos Santana himself describes bargaining with God, saying the he will never touch LSD again if God will help him stay “in time and in tune.” Another member, José ‘Chepito’ Areas, describes the sound that they created during their performance as unique and unlike any that the large Woodstock crowd had ever heard. Areas claims that is the reason they became so famous.

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