However, it's much more complex than that. I'm in a pretty decent band right now, but our drummer just left to work on a project she had been waiting on to open up for a while. So, I interview a few drummers and finally find one that can keep up, and he's a great guy. So, our rythm guitar player apparently has an issue with the drummer, and he's the second newset member of the band; plus he's been pulling our style in a way we don't want it to go. Normally, I would just put him down the road, as I'm the guy that usually does that and I'm a pretty blunt, stand-up guy. But, the problems start when you consider the fact that he's been a friend of both the lead guitar player and me for the past ten years. And he's got serious talent, and plays everything from a keyboard to a mandolin. So, he's kind of a utility guy. So, all I can think of is to let him go. I've spelled out my situation so if anyone can think of something else, please say so. I've thought about explaing my/guitar player's/drummers/keyboardist's stance, but that could go south very quickly. Other than that, how do I let him go without severing a long-lasting friendship?