wow. It was ugly. We are a fairly popular band in the region and he was one of the 2 founding members. But his playing wasn't ever up to snuff. He hit weakly. He clearly didn't practice because he didn't play many of the songs correctly. Unlike the rest of us who are constantly practicing and looking for that additional nuance in a song to make it as close to possible as the original (we are a tribute band). He refused to take on the look of the real drummer, although the rest of us worked hard on our impressions. We constantly had feedback from other musicians and fans to the effect of "wow, you guys are GREAT...but what's with your drummer??" Finally even our singer couldn't ignore the feelings of the 3 guitars in our band (me, the lead and the rhythm). He had been warned several times in the last year to practice more, work on very specific songs, but he never improved. So he was finally let go by conference call. And wow, he went bezerk. Acted like a real jerk. I know he's hurt, but in his mind, he's living in a fantasy world where he is a GREAT drummer. He totally doesn't get it. he threatened us. He posted crap on FB. He asked for "severance pay" (LOL.....as if he was a salaried employee or something). In short, he acted like a child, despite the fact that he's 50. it was hard because in reality we all LIKED him as a person, but he wasn't cutting it as a drummer. of course, we had drummers lining up for this gig and we found someone who is 4x the drummer of this guy and is taking on the look of the real drummer. I can't wait to get out there with him. not a question here. Just venting. It was a painful thing to do. it took more than a year to come to this decision. I was fired a couple times from bands and I know how painful it is. I hope that he gets his life together (it's in shambles anyway), picks himself up, works harder, and finds another band. Hopefully some day we can all be friendly again. but right now, it's like a war. isn't this supposed to be a hobby??