Santana coming to Chch

VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 14:26 26/11/2012
Carlos Santana

LEGEND: Carlos Santana will return to Christchurch in March.

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Santana and Steve Miller Band will perform at Christchurch's AMI Stadium in March.

The dynamic double bill will play two New Zealand shows - at AMI Stadium on Sunday, March 17 and at Auckland's Vector Arena on March 19.

In an interview with The Press in May, Carlos Santana said the best gig he had ever performed in his life was in Christchurch in 1973 at the Christchurch Town Hall.

"I am telling you from the centre of my core, it's the best concert I've ever done in my life," he said.

''Oh my god, it was like the sky opened up and I could see into the great beyond. There was something about that concert in Christchurch in 1973. Once in a while everything just happens with a divine flow, you don't have to try, it just happens."

Santana was due to perform at the CBS Canterbury Arena on March 22, 2011, but the show was cancelled after the earthquake.

At the time, Santana made a donation of an undisclosed sum to the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund.

"While I live a long way from Christchurch, I have been a resident of San Francisco and I understand the power of an earthquake," he said last year.

Over more than four decades, Santana has sold more than 90 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, he has won 10 Grammy Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project for 1999's Supernatural.

The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on December 7 through ticketek.co.nz.

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