Everyone knows that on the odd occasion there'll be nobody at the gig, it happens. We played to bar staff and security once, not a solitary punter. You take the good with the bad, right? We've got a lead guitarist who isn't all that good, he takes forever to learn new songs, makes the same mistakes on the same songs every time we play and is really only in the band so he can say "I'm in a band" and to hit on middle aged divorcees (this is a fact, not conjecture). He's never once booked a gig, promoted a gig on FB, organised rehearsal or helped the drummer carry gear and usually just heads for the door once a gig is over. He's a liability and a real barnacle, no amount of shaming will get him to move. But that's not the problem. So we get a booking through an agent we're trying to curry favour with at a venue on the other side of town but admittedly for only cost-recovery and petrol money. When asked about his availability he responded that he doesn't think there'll be much of a crowd so he's not going to play, his words "it's not worth it to me" (ie. there's nobody there to watch me preen or for me to hit on to make myself feel good as an aging never-was). I find the attitude childish and deeply disrespectful of those bandmembers who do the bookings and organisation. I've tried to find a replacement for that gig, unsuccessfully. We've got a couple of gigs coming up so I'm loath to rage-fire him but I am thinking that perhaps I should just leave the band citing my general disgust at his attitude and hopefully bring forward a split/reform without him. With him in the band it's going nowhere anyway. Your thoughts wise men of bass?