Here's my nighmare drummer story from a pair of gigs I did this weekend... My friends sing in a church choir that does a themed "cabaret" show every fall. This year they sang pop songs from the '50s to the '90s (everything from ABBA to a Motown Medley to Lionel Richie to Sarah Maclachlan to The Eagles) The backing ensemble was piano, bass and drums. I did this last year where I got the drummer of my band (though I'm the singer and keyboardist of that one) to play in the choir back up band. Well this time, the drummer was someone who played in another of the church's choirs. Some 19-year old kid who's going to Musician;s Institute in Hollywood (uh-oh...). The pianist was also someohe different, this time a woman who studied music and teaches piano...she's an AMAZING sight-reader and brilliant pianist, but she's never led a band or ensemble before, so she neglects counting-off the musicians... When Iw as setting up, I glanced over all the charts and said, "Wow, I know pretty much all of these songs already." The drummer said, "They're all new to me." Yikes. Anyway, ugh, I don't know where to start. This drummer dude doesn't seem to know the meaning of "groove." He plays 70% of the songs too fast, throwing off the singers. I had to count-off for him during some songs, and in other tunes where he comes in during the chorus or 2nd verse, he doesn't come in at the pick-up, but a couple bars before or after it!!! One such train wrech was when we accompanied four women who sang ABBA's "Dancing Queen." The song begins with a descending piano glissando...But the pianist forgot to count it off...so it took about 10 seconds for the three of us to find the tempo, and when we finally did, it was way too fast. For the second night's show, we even rehearsed the intro and nailed it, but when we performed it, another train wreck again... Another horrible moment came when my friend sang lead on Lionel Richie's "All Night Long." Now, everyone knows this song. Instead of a syncopated African beat to begin the song, this guy playes straight 16ths on a pair of bongos with his sticks!!! I joked to my friend later on to sing some Arabic-style vocal wails, since he was playing more of a Middle-Eastern kind of beat. Anyway, the show came and went. I was really frustrated because even though it's a paid gig for me (apparently the drummer wasn't paid...phew!), I expect the best performance from myself and from who I'm playing with. It's just so damn frustrating to play with someone with such limited skills like that. I mean, how hard is it to simply LISTEN to others? Just amazes me...To be honest, when I play with a bunch of musicians, I actually DON'T want to be the best musician in the room, because I enjoy listening to others as much as I enjoy playing with them. When I am, it's usually not a good thing. At the end of the gig, I guess he got the vibe that I wasn't too hip to his playing. He packed up his gear quickly and left quietly. Any nightmare drummer stories?