...played their first show as a band. Tomorrow is the day we mark that exercise in questionable decision making. Starting with one dumb idea, after 20 years, it seemed like another dumb idea is in order, and sure enough someone promptly suggested one: "Let's take our four piece, which has been a 20 year cat-herding exercise, and make guest spots for five additional musicians to come up and play with us through the set!" But, it's gone well, guys have learned their parts, it's all come together quite nicely, to the point I'm more worried about the songs where there is no guest on stage! FWIW, two of the five were previously in the band, one is our current sub for string players and the other two are guys we've shared stages with many many times over the years. I suppose I should have had a more positive outlook from the start, but expecting the worst makes for fewer let downs and some pleasant surprises once in awhile... So, sweat out the last 45 minutes of work, and home to give both basses the once over, check action and intonation and run some finger exercises (and probably all the songs with no guest player...) We have a time slotted in case any of the guest players want to do one more last minute run through in the afternoon and then...it's showtime.