John Mayer supersizes his solos in new ballad version of Last Train Home

John Mayer
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John Mayer’s soloing strategy on his latest record, the ’80s-inspired Sob Rock, was very much ‘less is more’, where licks served as punctuation, rather than full-blown showcases for his exceptional improvisational ability. But anyone wishing those solos were just a little longer is in for a treat, as the blues-pop heartthrob today dropped a new “ballad version” of the Toto-esque Last Train Home, which opens and closes with extended solo sections.

Recorded live at Hollywood’s Henson Studios, the clip begins with Mayer exploring some light-as-you-like motifs around the track’s irresistible hook, before delving into a subdued, synth-led rendition of the single.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.