I'm at my wit's end here. Long story short, our regular drummer had a family crisis and had to bail on a 3 week tour we had booked. For the clubs we're playing on this run it's all covers, MAYBE sneak in 1 or 2 originals a night. The money is not bad at all. So we had to find a sub, and unfortunately it's CMA week in Nashville, and all the usual guys I would call are booked up. So we end up getting this guy from out of town, big talker, says he already knows 90% of the tunes, been playing since he was 3, etc. He is actually a talented player, but... 1. His work ethic sucks. Showed up not knowing the tunes at all, and the first night played so badly that he almost cost us the week long gig to the tune of $3500. The only reason we got a second chance was our 2 year history with the club. 2. He's a huge pothead. I have no problem with what people choose to do on their own time, and I'll have a toke on occasion, but when it's time to work I expect people to be on top of their game. Especially when I'm paying them good money to do a job. We've dumbed down our song list significantly just so this kid can get through the night. We've added back into the sets Joker, Keep Your Hands To Yourself, Honky Tonk Women, all the easiest songs we can think of just so he doesn't blow it for us. He STILL misses about 20 cues a night, and he's crazy inconsistent. A song he nails on Tuesday is a disaster on Wednesday. Tonight he was so high I thought he was going to fall off the stool. On top if that he has zero recall for tempos. Our guitarist is counting him in on every song, and he still comes in way off the mark. The problem is we're 800 miles from home, and while I wouldn't have a problem firing him and letting him find his own way home (the way he's treating the job I wouldn't feel bad at all) it's just not feasible to get someone else up here to finish the tour. To do that would cost me every cent of my own pay for the run, plus a few hundred out of pocket. I got bills to pay too. I'm not really looking for advice, just need to vent. I accept that I have to finish the next 6 shows with him and try to deal with it, it's just incredibly frustrating. I'm just used to people taking things a little more seriously that this.