I've posted threads re our senile/OCD/plain mad- but lovely guy & good keys player B4- here's a quick rundown of what we've to put up with. We are a 8 piece funk/soul/disco band-Bacharach, to Parliament, James Brown, Kool & Gang, Micheal J & Jacksons, to Beyonce etc... Our's is a Small city in an Island state-so not big population-not many good keyboardists either . Our keys player -the oldest member(approx. 53????)- HATES us playing too loud. By too loud I mean- we play at the volume of our drummer(who's loud, but NOT John Bonham loud ) Drums are never monitored for stage-unless we're on a HUGE stage-rare!! Mostly we're on stages designed for a 5 pice band at most. And he:- 1. Cannot be too close to his speaker-sure I'd like this too but I'm usually almost up against my rig! 2. cannot have anything touch his keyboards(they aint vintage or collectable- just reg. gigging keys)-I MEAN ANYTHING.. once a person was doing a speech at a wedding gig, &they put the piece of paper the speech was written on -ON his keyboard...our keyboardist ran up & 'kindly' lifted the paper OFF his keys & handed it back to the bewildered talker!! 3.No lights can point at his keys- one-they get in his eyes, 2- they MAY warm up his keys!!! 4.... ahhhh I aint got time there's too many This -below is a recount of last Sat's club gig. We play there regularly & ALWAYS get a packed house which goes OFF!!! It begins with a note to another thread re a smaller bass rig/& or spkr stand etc.. al to lessen the VOLUME for our 'poor threatened keyboardist'. I DON'T want or need to get anything at my ears, just I know one senile keyboardist who'd be VERY happy to see me turn up to a gig with ONE GS112 Not that I'm likely to- not with this band- 8 ppl onstage simply do generate a lotta dB's . On 'another' side note- we had a fill in drummer last Sat. at a club gig-actually the club where the Keys player dislikes the most outta ALL the venues we play-coz we're all jammed in & the drums are only about 6' away from him(3' away from ME- but I don't seem to mind ) - Anyway this fill in drummer is a young guy-only just 18 y.o. & VERY talented, & VERY keen & VERY happy to do this gig with us. AND he enjoyed it immensly-so much so that in our last song-which that night was Kiss's 'I was Made for Loving You',- he was BASHING the drums in SUCH an excited state(if it was earlier on in the gig I would've told him to 'tame' it a little , but it was our last song, crowd going OFF!!! etc..... So on the choruses he was hitting the snare on every beat( as a version of the original does do- but we don't usually do this) , bashing a cymbal too & the kick drum(disco!!!!!) MAN he was loud!!! But it was funny!! Anyway he actually managed to drive the keyboardist OFF STAGE!!!! To my surprise-he came back on, during the 2nd verse, left during next chorus, on for M8 & solo, off for last choruses!!!! We'd secretly been trying to do this for years-NOT by turning UP at all- just by his own intolerance of modern day PA's & volumes. Remember-we only play as loud as our acoustic drumma! Sorry to rave on, just needed to get this off me chest. Might put it in the correct forum also! Cheers, Rod So there U have it. an account of an eve where we actually forced him offstage!!!! in a previous thread- I asked ppl what we should do about him....SO any suggestions would be appreciated.... BTW he can't/won't use earplugs-"can't play" Or I.E.M's - same reason. Some earlier suggestions were- Shoot him sack him, talk to him- we did all 3!!