Last nite was not the best of all nights on the rock front. I was putting together a one time cover project, and got a bunch of guys that are all excellent musicians for the roles. The guy I got for a guitar player is a great guy, a good friend for several years. In his original metal band, he's great. I've seen him do a lot of amazing stuff. He said he wasn't super familiar with the band who's stuff we're covering- so he and I were going to get together and work this out before hand. We hooked up a month ago and got through a bunch of the songs. One thing I noticed is that he wasn't playing full barre chords. There were some chord forms he was totally muffing and others he was playing power chords over. Again, I really respect this guy as a musician and a friend. This was just "out of his box." I'm a firm believer in 'how good you do what you do determines how you great you are.' In other words, I knew this guy who was a great "Slash" like guitarist. A real Rock/Blues kind of guy and was really good at it. We used to go around and hit open jams. A few times we hit a few jams at blues bars. He stunk the place up. Not just an off night- playing a straight blues thing wasn't his thing. The other guy grew up playing Metallica, I grew up playing the Beatles and Zeppelin. The other guys in the project were asking me how he was doing, and I was honest with my opinion. We had our first rehearsal Tuesday (without the guitar player guy- I was just going to fill in on guitar). In combination with my performance and my opinion of how well I thought he'd be able to do the material- the guys suggested I play guitar and get someone else on bass. Last night is the first time I've had an opportunity to talk to the guy. I told him the news, and man that sucked. I had expected him to be somewhat disappointed, but I kinda figured he'd realized this wasn't his thing. He was mad. Really mad. I didn't expect that. I tried to explain everything as honestly and tactfully as I could, but he was mad. Anyone else had to go through this crap?