I have a band that has been together in the current form for 5 years. We are all three crusty veterans of the stage and limit our gigs to about 1 per month.When we started this thing, the drummer and I were very close, our wives friends, etc. in the last year we have drifted, which is OK. At this point I have to say that the drummer was brought in more for his personality than his talent. Well, in the last 6 months drummer#1 has taken on other social activities and has had to miss a few gigs. I brought in a guy who I knew was good, has a great personality and was working in another group. Last week we played another gig with drummer#2 and he is so good, I was totally jazzed. I also found out he no longer works with the other band. Where this gets messy is, when we started this thing, drummer#1 told me stories of how he was ousted by another group and how he never got over it.I told him that didn't seem fair and indicated I would not do that to him. Now I dread his return and how he slips into a cha-cha beat on almost everything.(No lie!) I promised myself I would post this and make a decision based on fellow TBers opinions. Thanks!!