By Damian Fanelli
Luckily, Stevie Ray Vaughan got around in the Eighties, jamming with pretty much everyone from Jeff Beck to Eric Clapton to B.B. King to Albert King to …
OK, maybe not everyone. But he certainly played with a host of blues and classic-rock legends, including Carlos Santana.
Below, check out some pro-shot—and just plain incredible—footage of Santana jamming with Stevie Ray Vaughan; Stevie’s big brother, Jimmie Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds; and lefty guitarist Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos in early October 1988.
The show, which is available on a bootleg DVD (or so I’m told), took place at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California.
You’ll want to jump ahead to the 14:23 mark in the top video, which is when Santana’s guests take the stage. They kick things off with “Everybody’s Everything,” a rollicking track with blues changes from Santana’s 1971 self-titled album, during which SRV goes to town on a doubleneck Danelectro (the bottom neck sounds like a baritone).
But it only gets better from there. We see Santana exchange solos with Stevie, Jimmie and Cesar, all of whom were in great form that night. The medley of songs continues into the second video, where there are more closeups of SRV and his (or someone’s) doubleneck guitar in action. This is also some of the best late-Eighties playing by Jimmie that I’ve ever seen.
Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado. His New York-based band, the Blue Meanies, has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band the Gas House Gorillas and New York City instrumental surf-rock band Mister Neutron, also composes and records film soundtracks. He writes GuitarWorld.com’s The Next Bend column, which is dedicated to B-bender guitars and guitarists. His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy’s Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.