Nov. 25, 2021 – “I’m … just celebrating that whole feeling of if you would have told me eight years ago that I’d be sitting here talking to you (from Joshua Tree) getting ready to release my second record sober for seven years, I would have bet against you … because I just had tried everything … to get well,” Shannon said from inside his Airstream trailer. “And it wasn’t until I finally admitted that I had a medical problem that needed to be taken care of, and that was the disease of addiction.

“No. 1, I had to go into a long-term period of abstinence. I had to get medical treatment and counseling. And I had to join a group of people like me who help people like me.” Shannon has opened for rock stars, including Pat Benatar at the Canton Palace Theatre in September and The Wallflowers at The Kent Stage earlier this month.

But his strongest connection in the music ranks was to the late Michael Stanley, a Northeast Ohio legend who achieved national success and once played three consecutive soldout concerts at Blossom Music Center.


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