John Pierce (bass player for Huey Lewis & The News): I first got to know the guys through Bob Brown. Enough that in 1986, when Mario (Cipollina) had a hand injury, they called me up.
Cris: You were with them on the road for like a month while he was healing?
John: That's right. And they were at their peak. And I had one day to learn the stuff. Literally one day. Mario actually had cards that he would hold up on the side of the stage with notes.
Anyway, as you can imagine, it was ridiculously fun. And I remember … I think we were in Springfield, Kansas. (After healing) Mario had done a show or two. And I was still there just in case. But he was okay. And they were like, “OK, John. That's it. You're done. Thank you. You can go home.” And so we are at the airport and the band leaves. And all of a sudden, it's quiet. The whole party went away. I mean, that was such a bummer. It was just so fun.
(photo: Rock Subculture)
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