Hello all. This is my first bitch post!!! This is a great story. admins I posted this here because I felt this was much less band related and more personal. The Back ground I am in a band called zwarte'(www.zwarte.com) with much older musicians. I'm 19 the other guys are in their mid 30's to early 40's. My bands lead singer had been having some drinking problems earlier this year and I addressed the issue and it seemed to help him out and our show. When he drinks too much he talks way too much on stage and generally plays like **** and sings awful. Lately our lead singer hasn't been in a good mood and has always been fight with his brother who is our drummer. The Story About a month ago my band was doing a gig in Decatur, IL. He started drinking a lot that night. A lot! I do not drink just to let you know. He was singing off key the whole night and playing awful. We were taking huge breaks and playing short sets. The crowd was in a bad mood. We were putting on a bad show. A really bad show. I was playing bad durring some of the last songs because I was in a really bad mood. Not a good excuse but it's mine. Right after the show I walked off stage and just yelled out loud(not to anyone) "That was a ****ty show". Immediatly my bands lead singer(Randall) confronts me and starts screaming at me about how I should show him more respect and that I was a ****ty musician and such. Really dirty things that I just never saw coming. He is saying this like he is trying to teach me a lesson or something. I just looked at him and said "Randall, you make more mistakes than I do." Which is true. He is a hack guitarist. I then told him I wasn't going to argue with him now since he was drunk. Then he told me that my last show would be december 23rd and I just told him to fire me now. This was a very heated argument. Durring this whole ordeal my fellow bandmates and roadies are sticking up for me. My drummer(Bob) was screaming at him something like "Chris(me) isn't just some kid he is a partner you can't do this." I would have left and gone to the hotel but I needed to get paid, so instead I just stood outside talking to my drummer(Bob) and lead guitarist(Eddie). Bob informs me that Randall told him that he was 'dealing with me just like he would deal with his own son disrespecting him.' So up walks Randall and tells us that he has called a cop so we can all take a breathilizer test to proove that he is not drunk and that he can have an argument. I said see ya and went back inside. Later on Bob, Eddie, our soundman, and I are all trying to figure out how we are all going to get home since I drove Randall to the gig and I want nothing to do with him at that point. Please note: home is 9 hours away from where we were standing. So here comes Randall walking up again. Here is his speach, he does not look at me durring it. "I am going to give Chris until Monday to give me a call and figure out what he has to do to stay in this band" I said "see ya'" and walked out the door. When I'm just about out the door Randall yells "So I'm not going to get a ride?" The nerve of that man. AHHH!!! Now I have to miss christmas with my family to play with a band that is breaking up. Randall and I have still not spoken. I have left messages with him trying to make peace but I am past that. I tried to get out of the shows right around christmas but the clubs have already spent nearly a grand in advertising. So it is safe to say if I breached contract I would be sued. The good news is that I have already started a band with my drummer and we already have a couple good originals. We are going to cover some Rage so i'm happy!!!! Wait no i'm not. I don't get to go home for christmas!!!