I play in a somewhat successful alt rock band in the West Los Angeles area. We gig about 3 times a month and normally have around 30-40 people come up to our shows. While every band has small and large problems- Our Achilles heel is the drummer. The guy cant keep tempo to save his life. The guy drops his sticks 3+ times a show. And if that wasnt bad enough he listens to anyone but me when he loses the tempo and needs to find it again. The more we gigged the more of a problem it became- until each show the rest of the band was wondering if we were going to train wreck. To fix the problem we bust out the trusty metronome, plug it into a huge speaker, and play all of our songs at 80% normal speed to the click. The problem becomes really obvious when the rest of the band stopped playing and the drummer couldnt play to the beat at all. The last practice we had with him we all sat around while he tried to play the same 8 measures to the click for 45 minutes and failed. It was the last straw. After each of our practices we would be bombarded by his complaints. He was a firm believer that HE was the real tempo not the metronome. And if we listened to the metronome we werent going to be able to follow him at a show. We went around and around with him on the same issue for a month till I finally couldnt stand it- he said the same thing to all of us after the lat practice- when it was obvious to everyone in the room that he couldnt play. The lead guitarist and singer have been just as frustrated with him as I have- but they didnt have the nerve to let him go since he was their friend. Bad drumming sucks, bad tempo sucks, but if the guy was cool and had a good attitude I would want to work with him and help him improve. Our drummer had problems and blamed them on us. If the tempo was off WE needed to follow him better. I finally got my way last week and he was told the band was breaking up. It wasnt how I would have done it since we arent breaking up- we are firing him. But the other guys in the band decided that it was the best way. I have a feeling it will bite us in the ass at a later time and his feelings will be more hurt then if we would have just told him strait but it isnt really my deal since I wasnt his friend before he was in the band. For now we are playing to a drum machine and everything is excellent.