This is going to be a long post, so get strapped in. So, we've had our fourth drummer since probably early October. Things seemed to be going well. Not a stunning player, but basically solid, and slowly learning our songs (though he had trouble with a couple basic songs). Very punctual (almost too early to practice sometimes), and _very_ eager/excited about the band, almost to the point of annoyance. Anyway, he got us a NYE gig in Milwaukee in early December, after another band dropped out (his boss knew the owner of the bar/pizza place we were to play at). He went ahead and hired a sound guy without consulting us. Now, we're just a three piece band, and he had already bought a new PA for us to use. So, we didn't really see why we needed a soundguy. Our guitarist/lead singer already owns a very nice lighting rig. Plus, the room we actually played in wasn't that big...maybe 10 x 20 ft. Not huge at all. Anyway, he payed the sound guy out of his own pocket (which he said he had no problem with), so no harm done. Pay was very fair. I don't like getting into details about salary, but let's just say I made more myself than the whole band usually makes at a regular gig (which is how it should be on a holiday). We also sold two t-shirts (usually we're lucky to sell one). Crowd was into us, etc. One major issue was the start time, however. The drummer never got anything in writing, and never showed us any details. Originally he told me the gig would be "from 10 to 2, with maybe one more set if the crowd is into it." OK, fair enough. Then it became "9:30 to 2:30" and then before the gig it was "9:30 to 3 AM." Alright...getting kind of weird. We got there well in advance. Our drummer was actually there to set up with the sound guy at about 11:30 AM! The guitarist and I arrived at about 4:30 and set up. It was quick and easy. We waited around, ate, and actually started playing at about 10:15 PM. We had to delay our start time because there was another act playing in another room (this is a rather large dining/entertainment complex), and the owner didn't want both acts playing at the same time. We didn't object, since he was paying us the same either way. Anyway, we play three sets of 8-10 songs each, and things seem fine. However, it becomes apparent during the second set that our drummer doesn't have a lot of stamina. He starts making mistakes...nothing too serious, but missing endings, etc. He was complaining about the "hot lights" (which were hot, but he had hired the sound guy and told him to bring lighting). He ends up bolting early in the middle of the third set to use the bathroom, like, just suddenly got up from behind his set after a song (about four songs before the set was to end). I'm not sure if he was just tired or drunk or what. This is after midnight, during our third set. Eventually, it's about 10 minutes to 2 AM. He is obviously exhausted. We had already played four sets, and the crowd was dwindling...probably about 25 people or less left in the bar area. The guitarist and I consult (drummer was off somewhere else), and decide due to the drummer looking like he was going to drop over and the crowd dwindling rapidly, that we'd do about 5 more songs and call it a night. We explain this to him, and he starts freaking out, saying that we were "paid to play 'til 3 AM." He also starts going off on how he got us the gig, and was doing everything like showing up early, etc. I told him that was all great, but that the end time had kept changing. I also told him that, while it wasn't his fault, he seemed like he couldn't play much longer, and that the crowd was getting pretty thin. So, he tells me that we'll finish the gig, then he'll come pick up his stuff on Monday and we can "move on and get someone else." I told him that was his decision, but I didn't like being given ultimatums. So, we start our fifth set (which actually went pretty well overall), and during the fourth song, the owner comes up to me and tells me we need to finish up. It made sense, because all the patrons had left, and it was just my wife and our friends there (like, eight people watching total). We finish the song, the drummer gets us our pay (in cash), and promptly leaves, without helping pack up or even helping the sound guy who he had hired. The guitarist and I quickly pack up, and then help the soundguy get his stuff together. We finally get out of there a little after 3 AM. Before we leave the bartender tells us we had done a great job, and the owner thanks us. Sunday the drummer calls me a couple times, but I was busy and didn't feel like dealing with him. I call the guitarist this morning (Monday) and find out the drummer had called him the day before, trying to act like nothing happened. Our guitarist told him he should come pick up his stuff, because that's what he said he wanted to do. Later on this afternoon the drummer calls again, saying that everything was our fault! So, I guess we're going to be looking for our fifth drummer in about five years. Yay! Thoughts?