I apologize beforehand for the long post... I've been in a band since January. Good music, good players. We started after the singer's previous band became too busy with another project and couldn't continue with this one. So another drummer and I get a call and we agree to join (band named after the singer, so no need to get a new name I guess.) Singer can't find a guitarist, so the drummer and I offer up the name of someone we know (who ends up in the band after a short time). We take off, playing gigs, writing songs, all that good stuff, and it all seems like a great fit. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I find out (via facebook postings) that the singer is using the other band to play shows again - playing a lot of the songs my band helped him write. Same band name, same setlist. I should have raised a ruckus then, but it was explained to me that the few shows played up to that point were booked by the other band's other project, and our singer was just helping them fulfill an obligation. Ok, well, I guess i can live with that. Strike One. A short time after that, I notice that a video recorded at this other band's show is being posted often on the band facebook page (which the singer has control over). This seems rather curious to me, seeing that the video that was recorded of my band hasn't made nearly the rotation that this other video has, and 1. We're supposed to be the main band and 2. I professionally believe (as do most people who I talk to that have compared the videos) that my band is much tighter and a much better representation of the band's sound. Once again, I let it slide thinking that the singer is just doing what he needs to promote his brand. Strike Two. Here's where it all becomes painfully obvious, and I begin to feel like a fool. About a week ago, my drummer notices that our gig calendar runs out after this week. Very suspicious, given the fact that we always had at least something on the calendar before. Then I see on the facebook page that the band is playing an opening gig at a pretty large club for a pretty decent headliner. But, it sure isn't MY band. The other band, who was just supposed to "fulfill obligations," is now officially getting the bigger gigs. After nearly 8 months of helping this guy write songs, being an unofficial music-director sort of figure (cuz this guy often had trouble arranging his music or getting the musicians to play what he heard in his head - not to mention me being constantly aware of things like dynamics, tempo, feel, etc.), helping everyone shlep their gear around, driving all around 2 different counties, often taking time off from work to play gigs, and doing it all FOR FREE (yeah, I never got paid once for a gig, even though I know for a fact that there was a decent tip jar at at least one gig), I - along with the rest of my band - are being dumped. The only reason I did all of this for free was that I fully believed I, and my other bandmates, were full members of this band, with a full stake in this band's success or failure. I was never once lead to believe that I was merely a hired gun. If I had, I would have negotiated my compensation beforehand. I guess I just learned the valuable lesson of getting EVERYTHING in writing, no matter what the circumstances. I'm not sure if I'm looking for advice, or just venting.... Here's the best part, BTW: the last thing said to me, after our last gig: "Well folks, I guess the summer tour's over!" ...? Dude didnt even have the cajones to fire us straight up. When i got home after the gig, i noticed that he changed the band members on the facebook page to the other band. I believe i'll be sending him an email asking him exactly what he meant by the phrase "summer tour's over" and why im no longer on the band facebook page. He's going to have to tell me the truth, whether he likes it or not. That's all I really want, to be honest - the truth. P.S. I was purposely vague on many points. As unprofessional as this situation seems to me, the last thing i want to do is drag anyone's name through the mud. Please don't ask me to reveal any details i have omitted (including and ESPECIALLY names), and please don't post any of the omitted details in this thread if you know what they are (you damn stalkers!) As i said, i don't wish to defame anyone. I just need to get this off my chest.