Staring at the Sun, Chris McCaw
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'...While we are all having a good time, John raises the question about his parts being removed from Maximum Darkness. Micky and Deke turn a couple of shades of white, and manage to deflect the mild irritation John has shown. At the gig, the band play well, but it's not their best of the tour. Phil seems to have problems keeping the synth in tune. At the end of the night, he spends some time sorting out the problem. John joins the band for the last three numbers. This night his amp isn't put through the PA, so it's nearly impossible to hear him. At least he's not too loud. The next night John returns for another go. The show goes smoothly, and John shows a few flashes of brilliance. On Romain he steps up for a solo, and catches fire. They have a go at Bananas, the song that caused all the trouble in the first place. The Hawaiian guitar is left home this time, and John has worked out a nifty chord sequence to play. Everyone seems much happier at the end of the night. The crowd is beside themselves. The East Bay has always shown a strong support for John, and guitar rock in general...The balance is perfect, and the playing is heavenly. A song like Romain is perfect for a round of solos from everyone up front. John again rips off a classic bit of SG manipulation. By this point Micky has quit worrying, and is matching John lick for hair raising lick. With confidence they launch into Bananas once again. There is now a shimmering layer of chords from John's side of the stage, it's 1968 all over again. Ah, but then the power once again takes a dive. With a frightened exhausted look, Terry keeps the beat while Micky scats a vocal line to fill the gap. Everyone is relieved when the power comes back up, and the crowd roars its approval. Well that's it, Man's last stand in California. John on the other hand is just starting to find his legs again, and begins a fantastic run of playing that lasted for the next 13 years, until his untimely death in 1989'