I just got back from a one nighter gig. Nothing seemed unusual until we were done packing up. The bandleader calls us all over to his truck and says, "I just wanted to tell you all that as of June 4th of next year, I'm going to be retiring from the band. It's got nothing to do with anyone inside the band, or outside the band. It's a personal decision that I've actually been thinking about for over a year now." We all just kind of stood there, and then everyone said OK, thanks for telling us. I told him that I respect his decision, but it makes me sad. This has been the best band I've ever been in, and on top of that, my family has really come to rely on the income. Now I'm going to have to start looking for another group. The good thing is, we are still booked through next June 4th. I know our lead guitarist isn't going to stop playing, so maybe he'll keep me on, and we can get something going. I don't think it's really hit me yet that it's going to be over. This has been a big part of my life for about eight years now. These guys are all older than me, and one of them was one of my professors at college. They're like family. I don't know, I just felt the need to get it off my chest I guess. I know many of you have been through similar situations. I'm just in a bit of shock.