I recently joined an excellent band, replacing a bass player they have had for a decade (amicable parting of ways due to scheduling). Mix of some tougher covers - think Abbey Road medley, Steely Dan. Second gig with them last night. They needed someone to run lights and sound, and paid the old bassist to do it because he was free. The entire gig, he was there looking me right in the face. BL asked if he could come up and play a tune (that was actually good, since BL had been trying to tell me the feel he wanted, and turned out that the bassist had been playing something different than the original line). Fortunately the guy was very nice, and the gig went very well.