My bandmates always book these gigs where eithier we play with 3-5 other bands in one night which we usually play last. Or bands call us at the last minute to fill in, or when they need a PA because we have one. I'm telling my band that it seems these bars and bands only call when they need something. Our last three gigs were like this. One gig we played we went on last of course and with a week notice so nobody really showed up to see us, we got no money. The next week we hauled 2 van loads of gear and PA equipment to play last again and made $95, after finding out the other band was trying to screw us, they tried to give us $60 at first, but $95 is still pathetic! And now we have a gig with another week notice, playing last with 2 other bands, which means we will get 45 minutes to play and make $30 again! If we are lucky!!! The last gig I booked we made $550 for the night, free beer and dinner! We have our own PA and can play over 3 hours of material. This is no way to conduct yourself! It's one thing to play a couple of these here and there for the fun of it but every gig? Why did we invest all this cash in our gear to bring it out and make $95 after almost fighting the other band and their groupies because they were skimming off the door? It's bad! I think what it comes down to is most bars won't book us for a whole show because our singer isn't good, and our drummer is weak. We made a demo and gave it to a few bars but we never heard back, the vocals were rough on the demo so I think that's obviously why. But I still book a few gigs and when I do it's always negotiated correctly and all the details are hashed out because I take the time to ask questions and get everything ironed out beforehand. An example of what I am dealing with I asked the singer who booked that last gig how much we are getting paid and what time we go on? He didn't know because he never asked! That's exactly how you get screwed! I think I will have to be the bad guy next time and say "NO"! IMO the way to go is book a gig for the whole night, make $300-500! Pay back ourselves for spending all this money on gear and Pa equipment. Don't burn our our friends on these 45 minute sets so they still come out and see us. Sorry for the rant, but maybe I need a new situation all together if this keeps up!!! Total mismanagment, now they only (bars and bands) call us if they are in a pinch, look what they created and what I let happen because I didn't want to be the bad guy!