A few months ago, I posted on craigslist to find a new band to play with. My band at the time was slowing down due to work, family lives, college, etc. After a bunch of try outs with mediocre bands, I chose to focus on a local band who was/is on the uprise, has a big following, and focused more on original music. Their bass player at the time was dragging the band down and had a bad attitude, so they were looking for a replacement. The deal was that I'd fill in as needed, and once I learned all their material and fell into place, I'd take over full time. I was more than ok with it. Anway, I spent hundreds of hours learning their songs, rehearsing.. I even contributed heavily to some of their original material. I gave them the first 2 shows for free as a "tryout" period, and got huge compliments by the band members and friends about how I added a whole new level to the band. I played with them on short notice (like hours before shows), and had ridiculous dedication, even though I was only a fill in. Needless to say, I've been gigging less and less with them recently. I became really good friends with the guitar player in the band, so the other day he called me to tell me I probably wouldn't be gigging with them anymore due to the fact that their original bass player quit his other bands and was focuses on this one. Apparently, they were pretty much using me to light a spark under their bass player so he would get his stuff in order and realize they could find someone else. So what did I get out of months of time and dedication? A few bucks here and there for gigs, a long list of songs I'll never use, and a serious bitter taste in my mouth. Lesson learned. Sorry for the long rant, but I had to vent to someone. Figured someone on here might have experience the same thing. Thanks for listening.