Last night was the second engagement in the home of a close friend and fan of the band, within the last calendar year. The place was just built to entertain, and we put it to good use, making the large wood-floored family room our performance space and dance floor. The subwoofers stayed home, with the 15" mains; we sang through 12" mains, and had our vocal monitors (also 12"). I played through my Genz Shuttle 3.0 combo (175w into a 10"), and was deemed too loud, at first, but eventually, got to "just right." We did setup in the mid-afternoon, except for me. I had to go work a beer promo, so I just arrived with the first of the guests, and did my minimal setup easily. It was probably better that it worked that way. I got to play a mean game of croquet, in the back yard. The time to perform arrived, and singerbabe & drummer had yet to arrive. The g/f was feeling frisky, and I got an impish look in my eye.... We emerged from a bathroom, ten minutes later (NOTE: I did not finish what was started), and saw that singerbabe was there (she had the start time written down wrong). We chose to start, without the drummer, since the host of the party plays a bit of drums, himself. He sat in, and we carried on. Obviously, something had happened, but the show had to go on. A backup drummer was called, and my g/f started working the texts with our drummer's g/f, to get the explanations. It turned out that our drummer had been taken to the hospital, incoherent. I know more of the medical issues involved, but don't want them to become a discussion item, here. He's home, recovering, already. I pity his g/f, who also happened to lose her own father, the same day. It may be that the stress associated with that loss (which was not a sudden thing) was a contributing factor to drummerman's own episode. Meanwhile, the backup drummer was KILLER, on a kit that was not even his own. He just ruled, matching my Entwistlian fills with consistent ease and precision. The friends and fans could all experience the tight groove, and great vibe. Many said that they had not seen me smile as much, when playing, as I did, during this gig. We played long, and just enjoyed the flow. It would seem that we might have yet another lineup change, if the stamina issues related to our drummer-of-record's diabetic concerns dictate that he curtail his activities, and the replacement guy wants the job (he has unanimous support from the rest of the band). It's a good thing that we have the next weekend off, and a trio of high-profile gigs, in 2 weeks. Things are gonna get rather interesting.