Short rant here (or as short as I can make it). Lots of you guys seem to really get bent out of shape when another band members can't make a gig. I mean REALLY bent out of shape. First of all, we play music in bars (most of us anyway). We don't save lives on an operating table. But I do fill-in gigs all the time. I play more fill-in gigs than any other kind. And sometimes I fill in for a guy who just wants to go to the beach for the weekend in stead of playing the gig. Maybe he just wants to go hiking. Who cares???? This mess of "You better be there unless there is a death in your immediate family" is a CROCK. Grow up! Sometimes things come up. And sometimes those things aren't as important as a death in the family, but ARE more important than any ONE GIG. Why must you guys insist on such an intense level of commitment? Every other working person on the planet gets a DAY OFF every now and then. Why should bands be any different? Do you really think you are that important in the grand scheme of things??? Do you really think that EACH GIG is that big a deal??? Have a list of fill-in contacts at the ready. EACH MEMBER should have a list of people he trusts to get the job done. And THAT MEMBER should attempt to get a fill-in before he hands the duty over to the rest of the band. Be prepared to get up with other bands and/or club owners to switch a gig if a guy's wife wants to take a cruise. It's really not that hard. And each gig really isn't the end of the world. And GET OVER YOURSELVES. RELAX. Oy. You guys are stressing me out and I'm not even in your stinking bands. When did musicians get so tense? It's rock n roll, not rocket surgery. Sorry. I feel better. Thanks for letting me vent.