(Note: Band practice was scheduled for 10 AM yesterday, and this guy had said he would be there when I spoke to him on Friday). 9:20 AM, my phone rings. Our new lead singer calling. Singer: Hey man, how's it going?...I've been thinking...I don't think this is going to work out with the distance and everything. (Note #2: I had repeatedly asked him if the distance for him would be an issue, as he lives about an hour from our practice space. He swore up and down it wouldn't be, and that he was "really excited" to be part of our band). Me: That sucks. We have a gig in less than a month, as you know. Singer: Yeah...I feel really bad, but I decided I'm going to start my own thing. I can come to that gig and jam with you guys that night if you want. (Those were his exact words). I think I put my all into this thing and it's just not going to work out. (Note #3: He made exactly one practice after his audition...not exactly "giving your all" in my book. He missed one due to weather and one due to work...not his fault, but not "giving your all" IMHO.) Me: No...let's just save the drama. You go your ways and we'll go ours. I take it you weren't coming to practice today then? Singer: No, I wasn't planning on it...but I can do that gig if you need me to! Me: Uh-huh. Singer: Yeah...well, give me a call if you need anything. I feel really bad about this, but I need to do my own thing. Me: Yeah, I have your number. *click* Yeah, I was pretty gruff with him, but seriously? You know we have paying gigs coming up, said you were all on board, said you were going to be at practice, and then you quit less than an hour before practice time? F-U, buddy. Fortunately we already have another local singer lined up to audition this week, but this is putting us into a big time bind. I'd already negotiated a pay increase with the venue we're playing next, based on the fact we had this "new veteran singer" coming in. Put my reputation on the line for this bum, and this is what I get. I hate being the de facto band leader sometimes.