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Tommy Shannon is better than Flea...

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Cadillac_Mike, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    Personally, and respectfully,

    making music ≠ competition.

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    It's a weird comparison. They play completely different styles. Neither one could have done a good job in the other one's band back in the day.
     
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    I love Double Trouble but I also like seeing SRV play with other backing bands, just to see the differences. I really like this video, bass player so funky in Crossfire he breaks a string and has to play Travis Walk with only three!

     
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    I'm agnostic on the current issue, but Jack Casady was and is a pretty good player too.

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    I find those comparisons rather tiring. Even more so, when it comes to completely different styles.
    Shannon was a perfect match for Stevie Ray Vaughn, but I somehow doubt him to shine in...let's say...."Roundabout" from Yes . Same with Flea. I also don't see him in a Bluesband, but why should he? And of course Chris Squire would probably fail in a Funkband.
    Anyway, I seriously doubt Tommy Shannon would ever claim to outshine Flea or any other bassist. I also never read a quote from Flea or Chris Squire bragging in comparison to another bassplayer.
     
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    Who play the louderest??
     
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    Tal Farlow kicks Van Halen's ass!

    Tony Allen slays Dave Lombardo!

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    Having started with this whole guitar thing by playing bass since 1980, I would offer that foundation over flash will get you further in your career, but flash will get you further with the ladies.
     
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    I'm going with Kenny Gradney.
     
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    Ken, Richie, & Sam were the fiercest rhythm section ever. I consider Richie Hayward to have likely been the hardest working man in rock & roll.
     
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    I love ( in this reference) early Johnny Winter, so I love Tommy too, by association.

    As with SRV, he's the bass player you want in your blues trio!

    ( IMO, of course SRV, Johnny, Jimi were amazing guitar players, but they were framed with fantastic rhythm sections, a band sound, that made them sound even better)

    Full sound and solid/ fundamentals player.

    Comparing him with Flea ( who is fantastic) seems like apples and oranges; both can really groove.
     
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    My dad could beat your dad.
     
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    Oh yeah?
    Well if he were around, I kinda doubt it!
    :cry:o_O:eek:;):)
     
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    I don't care for either.
     
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    Do you mean the late Francis "Rocco" Prestia?
     
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    I saw Tommy twice, now that I think about it.
    I saw him with Johnny Winter on my 18th birthday, and with SRV at Aquafest in 1987.
    He would also drop by my last day job, South Austin Music.
    He's a nice, low-key guy!
     
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    flea can groove? we must be defining groove differently. or, at the very least, swing. i find rhcp unlistenable because of flea's resolute unfunkiness.
     
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    Pretty sure I was there. If that was the year Jimmie played the shows with him and they played together on that double-necked Robin (can't recall the song), I was there. I miss Aquafest.
     
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    Guitarists are always talking out their arses. Real players know Rudy was the best. Best amps, too.
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