Hey All, I've been working on an EP/LP with a 4-piece rock band for about a year. We finally got to the point of booking gigs, and we have three on the calendar for next month. I get a call Friday that our lead guitar player had a medical event and passed away. Totally unexpected. He was not an old man, and he seemed healthy. We don't know what to do. We were jamming as a 3 piece before he joined, but when he joined a year ago everything came together and solidified. We still got together for practice yesterday, because my surviving guitarist, drummer, and I have a Beatles cover gig at a fundraiser in a few weeks that we had committed to separately. The three of us are pretty deep into the mourning process. I want to double down and make the March dates work. My drummer wants to cancel. Our other guitarist wants to keep the dates, but he doesn't want to push anybody into doing anything. We agreed to get back together on Sunday to go over the cover set again and make the call about canceling the "original" gigs. I haven't been in a regular gigging band in years, and I was ready to get back out there. This was also the best collaborative songwriting environment I've ever been in, and my friend who passed was a big part of it. I started trolling craigslist for bass sideman gigs, because I feel like I really need to get out there and play. I love this band we put together, and I love the songs we've written. I just don't know what to do about it. We decided to at least polish up the last demo we did and maybe press it into an EP for posterity/mourning purposes. And because I think it's frickin good. Has anybody else had a similar experience? I know everyone will deal with this differently, but I am just wondering what others have done. I love this group, I love our work product, I was excited about gigging. I may just try to join up with another project and give the other guys some time to work through it themselves.