A couple of weeks ago I had a gig scheduled for Sat. night at a small town American Legion. The night before, the guitarist/soundman/bandleader (hereafter referred to as GSB) posts on Facebook that the band is defunct as the lead guitarist is going to join another very popular local band and the gig is cancelled. On the day of the gig, being unable to reach the GSB by phone, I head to the lead guitarist's house to find out what's going on. He says that yes, he's joining the other band but also wants to continue playing in this band. The GSB doesn't want him to split his time between 2 bands and rather than suck it up and deal with it, he calls it quits. The lead guitarist still wants to do the gig, as do I and the drummer. I finally round up a small PA system to use and as I'm packing it up the drummer calls and says he can't do the gig as he's feeling sick (turns out later that the GSB intimidated him). I try to talk him into it and he says he'll call me back, which he never did. The lead guitarist and I get to the venue, set up, and wait for the drummer to arrive. He never shows up. When showtime hits I tell the guitarist screw it, the show's going on and we proceed to play a 2 man show, guitar and bass. Luckily he's also the lead vocalist. Since the GSB pulled all the flyers down and told everyone the gig was cancelled, turnout is light. The first set goes over much better than expected and during the break a friend goes to get her 18 year old nephew who's learning drums. He shows up with a First Act set of bass drum, snare, tom, hi-hat, and cymbal. Not the best set in the world, but he can keep a beat. The last 2 sets go much better. The guitarist and I coached him before and during each song for a few seconds about the beat, accents, breaks, etc. We get dancers and really start having a great time. At the end of the night, we tear everything down and get it packed in 30 minutes (SWEET!!!) and split the door 3 ways with the drummer: $22 each. Here's what I know of what was going on: GSB: over-reacted to the announcement of the lead guitarist's joining a 2nd band. Got really p'd at me for playing with the lead guitarist and intimidated the drummer by telling him something might happen to his new drums if he showed up. Lead guitarist: Is joining popular local band after giving a verbal commitment to stick with current project through the winter. Wants to do both, GSB is too much of an a55 to let him. GSB said lead guitarist said some nasty things about me and my rig. LG also had a great time at the gig and has indicated continuing as a 3 piece with drummer. Doesn't sound like someone who doesn't like my rig (BC Rich Eagle>Markbass LMII>Shroeder 1515). Drummer: wanted to do gig but didn't because of intimidation by GSB. I tried to call him several times that night. Finally his kid answered and said he was on his way to the gig. His boss was at the gig and called him. Drummer was sitting at campfire in his backyard. Has been given crap in the past by GSB for doing a one time show with friends. So, after all apologies and clearing things up between me, drummer, and lead guitarist, the 3 piece thing may not happen anyway since drummer has decided to stay with GSB who's trying to continue with some other musicians. I'm not invited at this point since he had to take new vocalist's bassist, but it might happen. Couple of pics attached.