Saturday night (New Year's Eve) we had a gig at one of our favorite venues...we were the only band playing. 2 sets of originals with champagne and the ball drop in between. Our singer and rhythm guitarist were very sick, and I broke one of my toes that afternoon. As we were packing up our gear to head down there, our drummer emails us saying he feels another kidney stone coming and "doesn't feel he can play proficiently". We call everyone we know...made contact with about 20-25 drummers...nobody can fill in. So we ended up playing to an unprogrammed drum machine. We had fun with it, but it was definitely the weirdest time I've ever had playing an instrument. Everyone loved us (and we made some new contacts), but we felt horrible, apologized to the venue and promoter, only played one set and forfeited our pay. Fast forward to tonight. I have strep throat (and my toe's still broken ), we fired our drummer on Tuesday, auditioned a possible replacement that was going to fill in tonight but he said due to the complexity of some of the parts he wouldn't be able to do it, and we're playing with a bunch of metal bands. Alternative rock with a still (mostly) unprogrammed drum machine. So I'm expecting even more awkwardness in about 12hrs or so. Anyone else care to share some stories of awkward gigs?