Now my band have never really been paid proper money for a gig... I've been told we could get a gig in a new club who would pay us £250 ($500), but in order to get that paying gig we would have to play our first gig there for free... is that right? - I've been told at uni that some places turn bands down coz they ONLY ask for £250 AT THE FIRST GIG. Now, nothing wrong about doing a free gig, but the fact that my teachers son's band STARTED OUT on £650 a show and we're expected to do a free one to start out...something wrong there isn't there? We play about 30 or so rock'n'roll/"not done to death" rock covers and 4-5 originals... This place has messed us around a bit already and we've not even played there yet... We were due to play there last wednesday, and I booked time off work the previous sunday - the DAY before the gig they cancelled on us saying they couldn't pay us... they then tried to get us for a free "try out" gig on sunday, now we just wanna do some gigs before the singer goes back to cyprus but we were offered some decent money then they said we'd have to play for free coz the boss wouldn't pay us first time in - we turned it down on principal. Now if they get their acts together and pay us some proper money they can have us, but until then I'm not doing any free gigs for the bassturds, EVEN if it is our first one in the place - what you think, right or wrong??