Carlos Santana Cancels Las Vegas Residency Shows After Undergoing Surgery to Fix Heart Issue

The guitarist scraps eight shows at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay scheduled to take place this month as he's 'going to be taking time out for a little bit' to 'replenish' and 'rest.'

AceShowbiz - Carlos Santana is forced to cancel his upcoming shows due to a health issue. The guitarist was scheduled to perform eight dates at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay this month, beginning on Wednesday, November 1, but he has scrapped those shows after undergoing a surgery following a heart scare.

"Just wanted to share with you some clarity with specificity what's been going on with my physicality," Santana said in a video released on Wednesday. "There's been rumors flying around here and there about this and that. So, I'm here to just crystallize and make it clear. Last Saturday I had an incident where I asked my wife Cindy to take me to the hospital 'cause I had this thing happening in my chest."

"So, when we went there we found out that I needed to take care of it," he further detailed. "So I am, and so I'm going to be taking time out for a little bit to make sure I replenish and I rest and catch up with my health so that when I play for you I would play the way I'm used to and give you 150 percent. I wouldn't show up unless I can do that."

The 74-year-old concluded the message with well wishes to his fans. "So other than that, I hope you and your family are enjoying good health, peace of mind, and joy. I know I will. Thank you for being a fan, and your oneness, and your caring. Peace," he said.

Michael Vrionis, the president of Santana's management company Universal Tone Management, then added in a statement that the legendary guitarist "had an unscheduled heart procedure that impacted his performance in Las Vegas."

Vrionis assured that the Mexico-born musician is "doing fantastic and is anxious to be back on stage soon." He added, "He profoundly regrets that this 'speed bump' necessitated the cancellation of his upcoming performances. He is looking forward to seeing you all very soon."

Santana is expected to be back on stage on January 26.

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