I'll try and make this as short and painless to read as possible... Our band lost our drummer a few weeks back. He decided it would be a good idea to join up with another band and leave us for a 3 month tour. He explained he had all intentions of returning to us when he got back - in mid-November. We felt differently and fired him promptly as we don't intend to sit on our hands for 3 months while he's out touring with another band. Fine. He got what he deserved. We auditioned a few drummers for a few weeks and found one guy we really liked. We told him he's in and he's been practicing with us for a couple weeks, and we have 2 really big shows coming up in two weeks to get ready for... Our old drummer calls me and says he wants to meet with me (and only me) last weekend for lunch/beers. I reluctantly agree (wondering why he's not gearing up for his big tour) and says things aren't working out with the other band - they hired their old drummer back and let our guy go. Of course he wants back in... I informed my band of this sort of joking like, heh, karma's a bitch, right? Now they're all thinking that our new guy isn't ready for these shows coming up and I disagree. His chops aren't up to par, doesn't know the stuff, etc. I think our new guy is really good potentially - maybe better than our old drummer who left us - but he doesn't know the stuff 100% yet, but in two weeks he should be ready no problem. My band thinks we need to have our old drummer sub for these next to shows. Shouldn't I have more say in the matter???