Zebop! Tour

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Zebop! Tour
Tour by Santana
Santana North American Tour 1981 Program.jpg
The cover of a tour book for the first North American tour.
Associated album Zebop!
Start dateJanuary 12, 1981 (1981-01-12)
End dateDecember 1, 1981 (1981-12-01)
No. of shows83 in North America
33 in Europe
5 in Asia
121 in total
Santana concert chronology

The Zebop! Tour (also known as The Zebop Concert '81) [1] was the sixteenth concert tour by Santana supporting the Zebop! album.



Santana spent 1981 promoting Zebop! by touring in North America, Europe, and Asia. As well as playing at sporting venues and theaters, the group performed at nightclubs. The group started the year off with a huge 76-date tour of North America, followed by a brief tour of Japan with Masayoshi Takanaka. The band then flew to the United States to do seven concerts in California, and a tour of Europe soon followed. After the European tour concluded, the group opened for the Rolling Stones at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan in December.

During the Japanese tour, after visiting the Zōjō-ji temple in Tokyo, Carlos Santana's wife Deborah confessed to him that in early 1976, their guru Sri Chinmoy asked her to get an abortion. [2] Carlos was saddened by this news, and they both parted ways with Chinmoy. [3] [4] Deborah's sister Kitsaun King also left the guru's path, and Dipti Nivas, a restaurant in San Francisco the Santanas helped create in September 1973, was sold. [5]

Live releases

Live material from 1981 has appeared on the following:

Tour band

Set list

An average set list of this tour is as follows: [7]

  1. "All I Ever Wanted" (Alex Ligertwood, Carlos Santana, Chris Solberg)
  2. "Primera Invasion" (Graham Lear, David Margen, Alan Pasqua, Santana)
  3. "Searchin'" (Ligertwood, Santana, Solberg)
  4. "Tales of Kilimanjaro" (Pasqua, Armando Peraza, Raul Rekow, Santana)
  5. "Black Magic Woman" (Peter Green)
  6. "Gypsy Queen" (Gábor Szabó)
  7. "Well All Right" (Norman Petty, Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Joe B. Mauldin)
  8. "E Papa Ré" (Santana, Richard Baker, Margen, Orestes Vilató, Ligertwood)
  9. "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" (Tom Coster, Santana)
  10. "Savor" (José Areas, David Brown, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Santana, Michael Shrieve)
  11. "Jin-go-lo-ba" (Babatunde Olatunji)
  12. "Incident at Neshabur" (Alberto Gianquinto, Santana)
  13. "Body Surfing" (Santana, Ligertwood)
  14. "Soul Sacrifice" (Santana, Rolie, Brown, Marcus Malone)
  15. "Runnin" (Margen)
  16. "Open Invitation" (Santana, Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter, Greg Walker, Margen)
  17. "She's Not There" (Rod Argent)
  18. "The Sensitive Kind" (J.J. Cale)
  19. "American Gypsy" (Russ Ballard, Lear, Ligertwood)
  20. "Shake Your Moneymaker" (Elmore James)

Tour dates

North American leg (January 12 – July 11)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue
January 12 Denver United States Rainbow Music Hall
January 13 Boulder Balch Fieldhouse
January 14 Pueblo Massari Arena
February 1 San Francisco Old Waldorf
February 2
February 3
February 4
February 5
February 8 Davis Freeborn Hall
February 12DenverRainbow Music Hall
February 13BoulderBalch Fieldhouse
February 14PuebloMassari Arena
February 16 Colorado Springs Clune Arena
February 18 Salt Lake City Symphony Hall
February 21 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
February 22 San Luis Obispo Mustang Stadium
February 23 Salinas N/A
February 25 San Jose
February 27 Petaluma Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall
March 13 Anaheim Anaheim Convention Center
March 14
March 16 Los Angeles Reseda Country Club
March 17 Las Vegas Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts
March 18 Reno Reno Centennial Coliseum
March 24 Odessa Ector County Coliseum
March 25 Austin Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center
March 27 Dallas Dallas Convention Center
March 28 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
March 29 Mobile Mobile Municipal Auditorium
March 31 New Orleans Saenger Theatre
April 2 Coral Gables Norman A. Whitten University Center
April 3 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theater
April 4 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
April 18 San Juan Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum
April 19
April 21 Washington, D.C. United States DAR Constitution Hall
April 22 Richmond The Mosque
April 24 [lower-alpha 1] Pittsburgh Carnegie-Mellon University Gym
April 25 Syracuse Carrier Dome
April 26 Albany Palace Theatre
April 28 Plattsburgh SUNY Plattsburgh Field House
April 29 Potsdam Walker Arena
May 1 Burlington Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium
May 2 Tarrytown Westchester Premiere Theater
May 3 Stony Brook Stony Brook Gymnasium
May 5 New York City The Savoy
May 6 Buffalo Kleinhans Music Hall
May 8 Boston Orpheum Theatre
May 9 Amherst Curry Hicks Physical Education Building
May 10 State College Recreation Building
May 28 Columbus Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 29 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
May 30 St. Louis Checkerdome
June 1 Atlanta Fox Theatre
June 3 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 4
June 5
June 6
June 7 Chicago Poplar Creek Music Theater
June 9 New Haven New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 10BostonOrpheum Theatre
June 12 Philadelphia Mann Music Center
June 13 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
June 26Pittsburgh Civic Arena
June 27 Stanley Theatre
June 29 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum
June 30 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens
July 1BuffaloUnited StatesKleinhans Music Hall
July 3 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
July 4 South Yarmouth Cape Cod Coliseum
July 6 Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Pavilion
July 7 West Orange South Mountain Music Fair
July 8 [lower-alpha 2] New York City Pier 84
July 10 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 11 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Japanese leg (August 2–7)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue
August 2 [lower-alpha 3] Yokohama Japan Yokohama Stadium
August 3 Kyoto Kyoto Kaikan
August 4 Nagoya Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall
August 6 Osaka Festival Hall
August 7 Fukuoka Fukuoka Sports Center

U.S. leg (August 11 – September 2)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue
August 11Los AngelesUnited States Greek Theatre
August 12
August 13
August 14
August 15 Berkeley William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre
August 16 Sacramento Charles C. Hughes Stadium
September 2 California Exposition

European leg (September 11 – November 15)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue
September 11 Fréjus France Arènes de Fréjus
September 12 Agde Arènes du Cap d'Agde
September 13 San Sebastián Spain Velódromo de Anoeta
September 15 Madrid Estadio Román Valero
September 16 Valencia Plaza de Toros de Valencia
September 18 Annecy France Parc des Sports
September 19 Munich West Germany Olympiahalle München
September 20 Cologne Sporthalle
September 21 Essen Grugahalle
September 23 Saint-Ouen FranceGrande Nef de l'Île-des-Vannes
September 24
September 26 West Berlin West Germany Waldbühne
September 28 Hanover Eilenriedehalle
September 29 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
October 1 Drammen Norway Drammenshallen
October 2 Stockholm Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion
October 3 Gothenburg Scandinavium
October 24
(2 shows)
Birmingham England Birmingham Odeon
October 26 London Royal Albert Hall
October 27
October 28
October 31 Brussels Belgium Forest National
November 1 Strasbourg France Rhénus Sport
November 2 Frankfurt West Germany Alte Oper
November 4 Eppelheim Rhein-Neckar-Halle
November 6 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
November 7 Passau West GermanyNibelungenhalle
November 8 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
November 10 Lyon France Palais des Sports de Gerland
November 12 Böblingen West Germany Sporthalle
November 13 Bremen Stadthalle Bremen
November 15 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis

U.S. show (December 1)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue
December 1 [lower-alpha 4] Pontiac United States Pontiac Silverdome

Box office score data

List of box office score data with date, city, venue, attendance, gross, references
July 1 Buffalo, United States Kleinhans Music Hall 2,994$29,020 [8]
July 4 South Yarmouth, United States Cape Cod Coliseum 7,200$68,588 [8]
August 15 Berkeley, United States William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre 8,500$89,250 [9]
August 16 Sacramento, United States Charles C. Hughes Stadium 21,041$331,577 [9]


  1. The concert on April 24 was apart of the Spring Carnival Concert.
  2. The concert on July 8 was apart of the Dr. Pepper Central Park Music Festival.
  3. The concert on August 2 was apart of the Pioneer Live Special.
  4. The band opened for the Rolling Stones on December 1.

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