i've played thousands of gigs, (and i'm hoping i don't jinx myself here) and only walked out one time. never missed one.... yet. not planning on it. the show was booked at a local bar by the guy who runs the studio we rehearse in. he asked if we wanted to play and i said ONLY if he guarantees we'll go on by midnite. he did, said he'd put us in the 11 o'clock spot. at 11:30 he hadn't even started the first band, and there were 2 bands before us. when i questioned him he laughed and flat out told me he lied to me, he said "i'm learning to be a promoter, i have to lie." it was a big joke to him. at the same time we were dealing with the craziest drummer we ever played with. won't even get into details about this guy, but he was one of those guys you simply can't avoid getting into an argument with. he saw i was really upset by the fact that we were going to wind up going on at 2AM and started screaming at me in the club. lots of friends were around and I was getting somewhat embarrassed, for my band and myself. as i was trying to calm and quiet him he got louder and louder yelling such things as "what's the matter, you're too much of a rock star to go on at 2AM!, you're too big and important for that!!" that wasn't the case at all but this guy wasn't letting up. my girlfriend jumped to my defense and he started with her. i told him one more sentence and i was leaving, he continued - and i left. i felt like i was in a dream, actually walking out on a gig - but it seemed to best thing to do. it was gonna get ugly with me and this guy. so that's my great story. whats yours? ps. the bar wasn't a happening place and I knew everyone was going to be loooong gone by 2AM. we didn't let anyone down. alright, so i still feel a little guilty.