From when I moved to Greece in 2009 up until the beginning of 2013, I pretty much focused on building up my business, trying to establish myself so that I could make a living. (I won't get into the economy collapsing a few months after I got here. That's another story). That didn't leave me any time or energy to focus on playing with or forming a band. During that time, I did play some bass at home, but also started learning how to play the bouzouki, as they are very accessible here and relatively low cost as compared to the States.
A little after the beginning of 2013, I was asked if I was interested in playing bass for a local cover band. I wasn't sure if I could swing it in regards to time and energy. It ends up that I could
I found myself having a blast, enjoying playing in a band again, playing some shows, etc.
During my time with them, I was also asked to lead sing (and play bass) as their current lead singer/rhythm guitarist, well, couldn't sing. He was quite upset when the rest of the band asked me to step in. So much so that he created enough drama that the band knuckled under, asking him to "sing" lead again. At that point I told that band that with him on the mic, we weren't bound to go anywhere, and said my goodbyes. That was last May.
Since May, I've gone through the steps of forming a new cover band of my own, whose main goal is to play out and make money, considering the band as a second job (for anyone interested, you can follow the saga here First day of forming a new band
) We've, for now, settled into being a 3 piece: Me on bass and lead vocals, 1 guitarist/backup vocals, drummer. After 2 months of rehearsing, the drummer decided to leave for "personal reasons", mainly so he could focus on his other band. We've since gotten a replacement drummer and are about 1 month away from booking our first show.
Well, I got a call from the drummer of the 1st band I was in (the one with the issues with the lead singer). He called to apologize to let me know that the singer, being his friend for the last 20 years, was giving him such a hard time that he felt he had to make a decision and, I being the new guy, was pushed into the position of deciding to leave. He apologized for his behavior, which I found very big of him. I could understand his position.
Furthermore, he admitted that I was right in my opinion of the band going nowhere with the current singer in that they recently got a manager who has the ability to book them as an opening act for a well known band that is a favorite of mine (I won't mention names at the moment) but ONLY if they get rid of the singer as he can't sing. (To be totally honest, if feels great having been vindicated). I then promptly told him that if he and the rest of the band was interested, I'd be happy and willing to sing for them (and not play bass, as they already have a bass player since I left). I would be OVERJOYED to get to sing with them and open for the aforementioned headlining act.
Now, it may be a long shot in that, if they keep the singer in the role of rhythm guitarist, he will most likely do everything in his power, including threatening to quit, if I sing again.
Let's see what happens.
Then, today, I got a call from the drummer who left from the band I've formed telling me their singer and their bass player have both had to leave the band (to attend school) and wondered if I'd be interested in playing bass and sing for them.
I told them I am interested but as long as it doesn't interfere with my full time work or with my band. We are going to sit down and have a chat with the band and me to see if our schedules and personalities match. If so, I will then audition for them. I made sure to mention to him the VERY slight possibility of my possibly singing with the 1st band.
The main point of the story is that I'm thrilled to be playing and singing again and, it seems, in the little time I've been at it again, I've made some connections and good impressions on other musicians to the point that they have me in mind for projects. It feels good!
Sorry for the long post and thanks for your time.