Three months ago, the drummer with a band I sub for called me on a Wednesday and said "hey man, another band I work with has an emergency - are you available this Friday?" I said I was open. We discussed the setlist, and I only knew half the songs. But the drummer said "no problem, just do your best, you'll be fine". I did the gig and it went reasonably well considering I was faking some songs I hadn't even heard before. The bandleader apparently agreed: he scheduled me for three more dates, including one this Saturday (11/19). He said something about getting me a CD of the songs I didn't know, but never followed through. I figured I was faking 'em well enough. He did give me his original CD, so I learned the three originals that they play live. No problem, I nailed 'em. Last Friday (11/11), I got voicemail from the bandleader: "Hey Ken, our regular bassist has been reinstated to the club, so we won't need you. Thanks for all your help, and if we need a bassist again we'll call". What was especially disappointing was that some coworkers of mine were coming to see me play... one of 'em even asked if we could play Happy Birthday for her friend. So, I had to cancel those plans. My coworkers understood, but I still feel like I have egg on my face. That's not directly relevant, but does make me feel worse about the cancellation than I normally would. My question: how would you all take this? The drummer for that band basically said "sorry it happened man, it's just one of those unlucky breaks". OTOH, my brother is a working pro and agrees that they done me wrong. Personally, I am a bit pissed off. Yeah, I know they got their regular guy back, but they gave me this gig unconditionally. I've had it on my calendar for 3 months, only to have it cancelled on short notice. No compensation was offered. I wouldn't have cancelled this sub gig, not even if one of my regular bands had been offered a job on that date... especially not on short notice.