Long essay warning… Completely out of the blue, our drummer for the last 2+ years in my cover band quit at our last gig as we were loading out. It was a fun show, packed house, pretty typical bar band pay ($500 for 3 hours, + ~$200 in tips split 4 ways). I personally don’t think that’s too bad for a hole in the wall bar for a few hours of work (they also schedule us once a month all year long, so that’s really nice to not to have to book every single gig there individually). It’s far from the most money I’ve ever made, but for ~4 hours of work including setup and tear down, that’s still over $40/hr each after tips to do what we love to do. It’s also 15-20 min. from home for all of us. I’ll take that all day. But the drummer, very sternly, said he doesn’t want to play any more gigs under $1000 from now on. Not sure what triggered him that night, because it was a really fun show for the rest of us, and he’s never showed us any signs of being even slightly frustrated before then. Keep in mind, I get ALL of the gigs and he’s never gotten a gig in his entire life (but of course he’s expecting me or anyone but himself to fulfill his desire for these consistent higher paying gigs). In the late spring-early fall season, I get us summer concert/festivals, private and corporate parties, weddings, etc… and we make several times more $$ for those types of gigs. But I tried to explain to him that if you aren’t willing to play the $500 gigs, then you don’t get to play the $2500 gigs either - that’s how it works around here. And if we’re not playing bars right now, then we’re not playing at all because it’s the off season. Bars are about all we got for the next 5 months (except for an upcoming private Christmas party for $1200, which of course he specifically said he still wants to play with us, lol). I did make sure there wasn’t some other issue at play here, and he confirmed that he likes playing with all of us, and it was only about money. This guy is 100% going to sit on his couch every night we play out in the future, and he’ll be making $0, but I digress. He might land himself in another band sooner or later, but it’s going to be the same thing with them too. It’s not like he’s auditioning for Metallica next week, and he’s not ultra talented or anything (not to mention he’s very neurotic and got difficult to work with the more we got to know him). This guy was not our 1st drummer, and he needed A LOT of work to get him to the level that the rest of the band is at. We started with him during the thick of the lockdown, and that was the only way he could have ever even been a part of this band, since we had to work so hard getting him up to speed for 4 or 5 months until things started to open up and we were even ready to play our first show. In a normal year, I wouldn’t have ever even bothered with someone of his experience level, but with everything shut down, we figured we might as well see what we can do with him because it’s pretty slim pickins around here for good drummers. I personally put in tons of my own time training him, teaching him about rhythm and music in general, and taking him from a total “green apple”, to the pretty competent musician he is now. I know that’s a write-off for me, but does tick me off a little that apparently now his britches have gotten so big, he thinks he deserves nothing but great high-paying gigs (that someone else hands him on a silver platter), without having to play any of the small bar gigs. And no acknowledgment of our efforts at all, but whatever. Anyway, we found a replacement drummer and I already know after 2 sessions that he will improve our sound more than what was possible with the old drummer. But we all still feel a little backstabbed after all the time and effort we put into him. “Spoiled brat” is what comes to mind. Oh well, sometimes a set back turns into a leap forward in the end. And we are definitely playing that $1200 xmas party with the new guy. Have a Happy Thanksgiving talkbass!