The drummer decided one day to have his friend join the band. This guy sat in with the band for a couple of songs every now and then, but one day he came in to sit in at the beginning of a show and never got off the stage. He was made a member of the band without any input or approval of the other members. There's many reasons why I'm pissed about this. 1. No input from anyone else. An additional member affects everyone else in terms of pay, stage space, musical space, etc. and no-one was consulted. 2. The guy isn't that good. Actually he stinks. He plays guitar and sings, but not very well. His vocals are ok if you're into a guy that sings like Elvis and Roy Orbison. I'm not into that style. He sings on key, but does not know when to come in. When he sings, it's always a potential train-wreck because if comes in a few beats late it throws things off (and he does it often). Sometimes, the drummer actually starts the verse of a song so he can cue the singer. Yes, like a guide track. And no, he's not hot like Ashlee Simpson. When he sings harmony, he sings the melody line and not the harmony. He also plays guitar, but he's not up to snuff by any means. He'll play in the wrong key and be oblivious to it. For example we play "Jumping Jack Flash" in A. He's playing it in B, and when I tell him it's in A, I get a deer-in-the-headlights look while continues playing a B chord. He asks me how to play "Sunshine of your love" and I tell him to begin on the D, and tell him the notes to play and once again I get a confused look. I tell him 10th fret and the guy is counting frets. I can't even explain a simple riff to the guy. His playing is off time and off key, and we don't let the volume ever go up on his rig. It's a shame because the guy has been playing for years and owns an expensive PRS and Marshall Amp and can't play the guitar. Why do people buy expensive gear that still makes em sound crappy instead of investing in lessons, books, etc. that will make a crappy instrument sound awesome? Anyway, the guitar is basically just something he holds in his hands so he doesn't look completely useless when he's not singing. Also the material that he sings is just too square for me (i.e. "Bad moon Risin", "Bye Bye Love"). It neither fun for me to play or listen to. The kicker that's hilarious is that he's talking about doing corporates and events with him since he has some business connections. Connections or not, nobody is gonna pay thousands for a band that is a trainwreck waiting to happen. 3. We're already a 5 piece band and don't need another player. We don't play stages big enough for 6 people. And it's not like I don't have everybody in my way in some of the places anyway. I don't want want to split the money from a gig with additional player. We already have a guitar, keyboard, and harmonica player. I don't see how another midrange instrument will help. We have three compentent singers, so we didn't need another vocalist. The drummer or I can cover his range easily. 4. This just adds to the stupid band politics. I don't need my musical life to turn into a Dilbert comic. I know life isn't fair, and the music world is definitely not a mertiocracy. I auditioned for this band, this guy didn't. I bought equipment and worked on the PA for this band, this guy didn't. I rehearsed with this band to develop a show, and this guy didn't. I learned and practiced for years to get good at my craft this guy didn't. And this guys gets a cut of my pay, while not adding anything? That's BS! 5. The baddest part is that I actually like the guy. I like his family, his wife, etc. I have alot of respect for his character and values. He's just not a pro-caliber player. He's a beginner level player and I'm just not into that. He doesn't add to the band. But now we're in a situation where the guys all excited and stuff and now it doesn't look there's a way to resolve this without feelings being hurt. Anyway, with the way things have been going with this band, I think it's time for me to go. I hate to leave a working band, but 2 years is plenty long to deal with all the other band issues and this one is the straw that broke the camel's back. I guess when the music diminishes, all the other reasons for putting up with crap diminish as well. I don't want my reputation to diminish as the band dies down. I'll let the ship sink without me. If any of y'all know a working band that needs a bassist in the DC/VA/MD area, let me know. Until then, I'll have to be content with my Jazz Quartet and playing at church on Saturday nights.