Hey guys. I've been really busy and not much time to post lately. Needed to come back though with an update. Some of you might remember, but I'm in a three piece rock cover band. Classic and modern rock. Our current drummer joined a little over a year ago...he was a big step up for us. Pro level drummer who could also SING. He now handled roughly half our set list, while the guitarist sings most of the other stuff (guitarist is also in the name of our band). We had a show last night at a venue that was new for us, and that went pretty well. A few sound issues, but we handled things fine. Anyway, I woke up this morning to find drummer had emailed us at 2:30 this morning (probably right after he got home from the gig). He said he wasn't getting enough "fulfillment" from the band and wants to focus on his originals project. I'm not totally shocked. I feel like he had too much other stuff going on, as he had reformed his old cover band a few months back, and has an originals band going too. I thought he was satisfied with us though, as we gig regularly and get paid market rate. OK, drummers come and go, right? Well, the problem is that he has added so much and changed the direction of the band since he came on. We went to using in ear monitors because of him. We started doing material our guitarist couldn't sing because of him. He brought us a great stage presence and I feel took us from being "just another cover band" to something a bit more. This is going to be a doozy for us to overcome. We have several paying gigs on the books from early November through April. He did offer to stay on at least until January 1st to give us some time. I have to talk with the guitarist and see what we want to do. I'm not going to bother today, though. Too frustrated. Frankly, this week kind of sucked for me (I actually spent four hours in the hospital yesterday and still did the gig), and this was sort of a cherry on top of the manure pile. Just want to hear from others who have gone through losing a band member who was more than "just another guy" and how you handled it.