“That final show was one of our best gigs. I can still hear that first note Stevie played… that one note will remain with me forever”: Tommy Shannon on his wild ride with Stevie Ray Vaughan – and the “total chaos” that followed his tragic death

Stevie Ray Vaughan and bassist Tommy Shannon perform at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on October 11, 1985.
(Image credit: Clayton Call/Redferns/Getty Images)

Considering bass legend Tommy Shannon once shared the stage with Johnny Winter and was present at Woodstock, nobody would blame him if his career arc trended downward. But Shannon would ascend to greater heights, joining Stevie Ray Vaughan in Double Trouble in 1981.

Of course, it's no secret that Stevie Ray Vaughan was a hell of a guitarist. But when Shannon thinks of Vaughan, his thoughts tend toward the man rather than the player.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.