Creed sacks their bassist. Metallica sacks their bassist. Both mega-popular groups move forward without a bassist as part of the "inner circle" of the group. The Rock bassist's role is perhaps being demoted to that of contract laborer. Sort of like the "Unknown Comic" with the bag over the head and holes cutout for the eyes. In the back while the guitarist, vocalist and drummer get all the photo ops and $$$. Is this a trend starting or just an oddity? What are you folks seeing out there?