Well, yah know, if you can't get him to play "with the band" you have to find somebody else. Everyone should be willing to give up that "perfect solo sound" to get a good band sound. Then again, sometimes yah gotta play with a ****ty band long enough to get good enough to get into or start something that has a chance to go somewhere. I was jammin' with a band a while back where the guitarist/leader insisted on DIing into the PA because it "sounds better" - and this in a basement rehersal! Needless to say it was WAY too loud.