We are a rock cover band with an alter ego yacht rock band. Our new(ish) lead singer pushed us to develop the yacht rock band in January and got us two gigs out of it. We got paid well for them. Old drummer is a weird dude. Never seemed to smile or laugh. Frequently on his laptop working during every break during rehearsal; tended to miss conversations because of this. Very skilled guy at the drums, but insists on playing to a click track. We don't use backing tracks so there was never a need for this. He doesn't like to really learn songs, just beginnings and endings with the beat in between, and overplayed fills not from the song. He smashed the heck out of his china cymbal during the Christopher Cross song "Ride like the Wind." I have the recordings, it's quite inexplicable. Can play quietly or loudly, but you have to pick one for the whole night -- no dynamics. After he joined our band, he restarted an old band of his and became pretty busy with gigs. We've had to get a drummer sub three times. We don't do subs otherwise, our set list is too weird. For two shows -- including our first yacht rock gig -- he played the first half and then left to do his other bands gig. The gig was hastily planned, booked even though drummer was marked busy on the calendar -- not his fault. But considering we got paid three times our usual fee, he could have cancelled his other band's show. There simply wasn't enough rehearsal time for the sub to learn the whole show. Meanwhile Old Drummer got a sub for his other band for times when when he was playing with us. On a thursday before a Saturday gig, he texts us all to say that his other band's sub fell through and he is playing his other band's show. He realized this was crossing a line with us and "this is probably the end of the road with you guys." The sub drummer who played with us a couple times is recovering from serious illness and not able to play at all right now. New drummer had been learning the yacht rock material, not the rock band stuff. Gig is cancelled with two days notice to the venue. Unbeknownst to old drummer, we'd been talking about replacing him. We went shopping around among acquaintances quietly, and did a couple run-throughs with another drummer when old drummer was on vacation or busy with his other band. But after we leaned on old drummer to learn songs better, he had really made an effort and we waffled on it. New guy can't play like old drummer could, but he learns songs, doesn't need a click track, and is so much easier to be around. We knew him from running sound for us sometimes. So when Old Drummer bailed, we didn't have to be the bad guys. Our new singer is also recovering from surgery, planned to be out for six weeks. Instead he quit on us a week after the drummer did. Unbeknownst to him we'd been talking about replacing him as well -- we'd heard over and over from people that he was not a good frontman, stares at the ipad to sing like it's karaoke. (Great singer though, in my opinion! Crazy range!) P.S. does it really take six weeks to recover from shoulder surgery -- like to the point you can't even sing? Honestly asking this. The way he quit was pretty low class -- he texted our de facto bandleader. I don't need a face to face conversation -- we all communicate over group text. He could have texted all of us to say "thanks for developing the yacht rock thing I wanted to do, it's been nice working with you. I'm leaving the band because of such and such reasons. Wish you all the best etc." Our previous lead singer is visiting town for a month so we'll have him on the next couple shows. TL;DR we'd been thinking of replacing the drummer, who was too busy, and the lead singer, who people said was not an entertaining frontman, but each of them quit on us first! We had a new drummer eager to step in. Lead singer's pet project was developing a yacht rock "alter ego band, and we put a lot of effort into it this year. With him gone, that project might be . . . sunk.