Our classic rock cover band is at a crossroads right now. We have been doing very well getting started and putting the pieces together. We played a battle of the bands last weekend and had the best crowd response there, although the judges dinked us for not being an originals band so we only won second place. So in short, everything is going well and we know that we're as good or better than the best cover bands out there. Now, here's the problem. Our drummer has slowly over time become demanding about when we practice, about how often we practice and has generally put his foot down over issues he doesn't agree with. We want to practice on Saturday until we have all 50 tunes for our gigs down pat. When we hired him, he said he had no problems practicing twice a week, with one of the days being Sat. Now he's saying that Monday nights are no good, Friday nights are no good (because he wants to go out and have dinner with his family), and Saturday's no good unless it's in the morning, like from 9-12. He says it breaks up the time he gets to spend with his family. I don't know about you, but I'm not even awake at 9:00 am on Sat. mornings. We're all willing to sacrifice a few hours away from the family if it means we are gig-ready that much faster. Saturdays just feel better because it's the weekend and no one has to work. We used to get a lot accomplished on Saturdays. He's cried and moaned about this whenever we bring it up. It's gotten to the point where we can't hardly talk about a Sat. practice without him getting upset. The other four of us want to do Saturdays. Here's the big problem. The guy is REALLY good. We are 85% gig ready and have been working for several months to fill all the positions, pick the songs, build websites...yada, yada, yada. We don't want to start over with a new drummer. However, he's alluded to the fact that if things don't go his way, he might not be able to be a part of the band. He feels like he's compromising by giving up two Sat. mornings out of the month. We feel like he's not really compromising at all, but is instead trying to lay down a smoke-screen (he knows we won't practice on a Sat. morning). We don't want to pull the old "you're out-voted 4 to 1 so you lose" game, but we don't know how to resolve this problem without causing WWIII. I'm open to any suggestions. Lastly, this is not a permanent thing. We all agree that once we're gigging regularly, Sat. practices won't happen because we'll be on the stage on the weekends. Thanks!