Hey all, I have a bit of a tricky situation here with our drummer and I was wondering if anyone has been in a similar position or has any suggestions. The basic problem is that our drummer has incredibly poor taste in deciding what to play for any given song. Regardless of what we are playing he always plays LOUD and fast drum beats with a lot of repetitive fills and a ridiculous number of cymbals. He won't even participate if we attempt to play anything other than hard rock or heavy metal and he is much more interested in beating the crap out of his drums and drowning out the other members of the band than he is in making music. I had recorded a song on my computer which I played for my band today and they agreed to learn how to play it. The drum beat I used for the song was fairly simple but it fit very well with the song. Of course, when we attempted to play the song he refused to use that drum beat and came up with his own, and in the process he completely ruined the song. He gets extremely offended if you criticize his playing so it is difficult to tell him what to play. If he was just some guy we hired we could just kick him out of the band, but he is a friend we have had since elementary school and he bought drums just to be in our band. Any suggestions or similar stories?