Just gotta vent and see what you folks have to say. Last week, my jazz group, Swingset, had an opportunity to play for a great gig. The longtime host of a fun little local children's TV program had his 75th birthday last week. That host's son is Gibby Haynes, who happens to be the lead singer for the Butthole Surfers. Given his son's notoriety in the local music scene, his dad's birthday is a semi-big deal and a nice benefit show for diabetes research. Some pretty big local acts with rabid followers (e.g., Reverend Horton Heat - big psychobilly band around here) were slated to play later, and Swingset would open the evening. This gig was a great opportunity to play well for an attentive, open-eared audience that included other local musicians and the club owners. The band was focused and we played well. Sound was good, time was good, solos were strong. What went wrong? Our damn singer. When she started drinking is anybody's guess, and I certainly hope she stopped shortly after the gig, because she got PLASTERED! Speech too slurred to handle faster tempi, slouching all over her stool (she was sitting on a stool - she didn't get that drunk - that I know of ), replacing entire verses with unintelligable and atonal mumblings... you get the point. This is a part of a disturbing new trend with her, and I am obviously not cool with it at all, and neither are my other band mates. Ironically, this trend emerges just as our trumpeter has really cut back on his drinking and started really playing well. I'm all for having fun and having a couple of drinks at a gig, but it has to be within reason! If anything, I feel that if you find you've had one too many, focus as much as possible and don't use that as the opportunity to try out some exotic and challenging new technique (e.g., scat singing), learn your lesson, and try not to do it again. With one established and successful gig and another very promising new gig, I have a very tough time hanging on to this band... Sorry for the incoherent rant. Any thoughts?