Had an audition with a local cover band. Did well and got a callback for a second audition. This is a band that does some older funk, disco, and smooth stuff along with the usual classic rock covers. One song they wanted to audition me on was "Easy" by Lionel Ritchie. I'd never played it before and so I learned it off the recording. Got into the 2nd audition and we start playing Easy. When we get to the triplets "push" during the verses, I do the push while the rest of the band doesn't; they just play on through in regular timing. Then, when we get to the modulation near the end of the song, I modulate up the required half-step and the band doesn't! So we stop and they tell me that they don't play it with the push or the modulation. So I'm like, "I'm cool with that, whatever you guys want, Ill play, just let me know." But then the keyboardist pipes up and says, "hey guys, if we're gonna do this song then we should really learn to do it with the push and with the modulation." Much grumbling from the two guitarists ensues, but we give it a go. For the next 15 mins we fiddle-fart around while they try to get it. Turns out, the drummer can't get the push timing, and neither of the guitarists can modulate. So they give up and say, "let's just leave it like we had it." Only the keys guy could do it. The rest of the audition went off well with no bugs and I leave there with the understandibg that I'm their new guy. Gig in ten days. Two days later I get an email telling me that they are going to keep looking for a new bassist!! No explanation. Why, I ask back? Answer: because they don't want a bassist who wants to come in and change everything and they don't play everything like the recordings and they feel that my expectation of them will be too high and that I will get frustrated with them.They don't want a perfectionist. Huh??? I told them I wasn't trying to change anything and that I just need to know the nuances of how they play, etc, and I'm good to go! Wasn't it the keys guy who wanted to change it to the recorded version? They would not change their mind. Further inquiry led to something to do with the exchange during the audition about the song "Easy". Now here's the kicker: at the beginning of the auditions they told me they we're looking for a bass player who would help them become "the best band in the region!" I guess not if that means getting better!! This was a week ago and my head is still spinning at how the wheels fell off of this one! P.S. Does the song "Easy" even fly w/o the push or the mod? Apparently the keyboardist doesn't think so, but I paid for it!!! So, just like that, I go from frontrunner to "you're out" in the twinkling of an eye.