Hey all, I'm kind of new here but I thought you might find a bit of humor in the gig my band played last night. I hope it isn't too long and boring.. but anyway... It all began at rehersal the night before. Our guitarist had to step out for a bit to pick his girlfriend up from work, which apparantly annoyed our drummer. I took the opportunity to spend some "quality time" with my girl, who was already at the rehersal. When I came back into the jam room, the drummer had left, and taken his cymbals with him. Just his cymbals. I knew he at least would need his stands for the gig; he has a 2nd kit, but only one set of stands and cymbals. Apparantly he didn't plan on playing the show. So, after a bit of drama and negotiating we talked him into playing the gig, and I would load his stands into my truck and take them to the venue as I went. Things were OK when we got there, we all drove separately to haul equipment and people, but still managed to get to the venue within 10 or 15 minutes of each other. Our drummer got lost, but luckily one of the roadies knew the area good enough to guide him in quickly over the phone. So here we are, setting up, since we were the first act of the night. We have the guitar and bass set up, in tune, sound checked, etc and the drummer is still putting together his kit. He looks around, and asks where his other stand is... See, he uses a spare snare stand as a tom stand, for whatever reason, and I asked him on the phone before we left if he needed the "stand with the tom on it" and he told me "no, I have all the toms I need" so I didn't bring it. So he's freaking out, he doesn't have his tom stand. He's swearing up and down that he told me he needed that stand, even though both the guitarist and myself asked him specifically if he needed it. He wants to go home and cancel the show, with a room full of people watching us fiddle around on stage. So we tell him that its too late to cancel now, he needs to make due without the tom or borrow one from one of the other bands. I didn't plan this gig and drive for an hour to turn around and go back home without making some noise. But no, he's not having that, if he doesn't get to use HIS equipment he's going home. At this point I'm steaming mad, ready to hit him.. but we finally convince him not to be a weiner and go borrow a stand or something to work with for the night. So we get set up, play a decent set, all is good (relatively). People loved the set, a singer from another band did a song with us, we did more covers and a wider range than we usually do and they were really into it. The DJ even put our CD in during one of the intermissions while another band was setting up, very cool. So another band is playing, doing a good set. Their drummer is only about 13, and he's doing a great job for his age (better than our drummer..) and then he just stops. He broke a drum head. Instead of keeping going, or borrowing a drum from our drummer who already loaned him a cymbal, he stands up, kicks his drum set over, knocks over the cymbal stands and pretty much throws a tantrum right on stage. So that was 2 great sets almost completely ruined by immature, unprofessional drummers. I don't know how these guys expect to accomplish anything without some determination. If I broke a string or blew a speaker or something I'd beg, borrow, or steal whatever I had to in order to finish the show. I can't respect a musician who can't relate to that. Sorry if I bugged anyone posting this, I just needed to vent a little and I'm sure you all know how frustrating this can be.