I have been playing with a new 9 piece band for about a year and a half now. We play stuff like Otis Reddings's "Shake" and Sam Cook's " A change is gonna come". Thiings have been going great. This month, we have played 6 jobs and we have never been this tight. I mean everything was clicking. At the end of the gig last night out of the blue, the band manager says "this is our last gig. we are breaking up". Everyone was like "what the hell". He's 70 years old and due to too much pressure and health problems is giving it up. However, I got a call from a friend of mine, about a week ago, that has a band and plays the same type of music. His bass player is going to have back surgery (he is 82 years old) and he will be out for about 3 months. These guys play about 4 times a month. So tonight, I will start playing with his band until his bass player comes back. Funny how thing happen.