Here's the deal, a semi- friend/aquaintance of a band I'm in approached our drummer about our band, excluding the lead singer/guitar player, about backing him up for a NYE gig at a small bar. He approached the drummer about 2 weeks ago. Drummer calls me and our lead player and we agree that we should prob. take the gig since our band has nothing lined up. So a week goes by and the guy we are planning on backing finally calls us and sets up a day to rehearse since we know none of the songs he plays. We meet up a day or so later practice for about an hour maybe two and leave. At this point he has said nothing to any of us about the money situation for this gig, which was a mistake on both our parts because IMO if everything isn't laid out plain and simple up front things always seem to become "iffy". Well about 3 days after we have our short rehearsal with this guy a bar calls our lead singer about booking us for a gig, which at this point is about 4 weeks away from NYE. The bar owner basically asks how much we usually ask, we tell him and he says he'll give us double that...we were in shock to say the least, never heard a bar owner say that. Being as how we've already played at the other bar that the other guy was playing at we have a good idea how much they are paying which is MUCH less, not to mention 5 band members compared to our 4 we have in our band. We think the bar owner is B.S.ing....so we carry him a contract, he signs it no problem to our surprise. So now our drummer has to explain to the other guy that we can't back him up. Guy gets REALLY pissed, makes personal insults, etc....even though it has only been a week and half ago when we agreed we would probably play with him...again no money at all was discussed. I understand the guy being pissed, I probably would be to. Everyone agreed that in the end we need to look out for our band first especially in special occasion situations like NYE where you can get a lot of exposure in one night. I still feel bad for the guy, but I think he still has enough time to find a bassist and drummer.....last time we went to see him play he had all studio musicians playing with him, some he'd never even met before. What would you have done had you been in this situation?