not to get out of work, silly... the opposite. Playing, sick. I had to do a show last night on comtrex with a half baked flu. Our drummer was in way worse shape than me. Both of us were coughing and pouring sweat at the end of the set and it occurred to me, how great what we all do is. I've yet to know a musician who cancelled a show because he or she was sick. what do you think it would take to keep you from a gig? here's a quick list what might keep me: unforseeable event that was completely out of my control, ie. the roof caves in on my apartment and I'm trapped and unable to get to my bass. a true emergency for a loved one, ie. the water broke, baby was on it's way out and there was absolutely no other way they could get to the hospital. being hospitalized. my hands being broken ...and would you cancel a show if you were sick.