I have to kick a member of the band out today. Sucks. He's a nice guy, great drummer, wrights amazing lyrics driven....... Sounds perfect right? Well he is but........ His ego is HUGE. It's been becoming more and more of a issue over the last year and a half. The group was started about 13 years ago. He was the original drummer. The guitarist and I had been in a band previously as had the guitarist and drummer. He played for about a year and a half and the drummers ego drove him to quite. He was "way to pro to play with us." The guitarist and I decided at that point that the band was us. Solely bassed on the aditude that it takes 2 constants to have a band have the same vibe. We found a second drummer with out missing a beat. We had our pick of a few solid players. Ended up playing for several years with this second drummer and good friend. Put some records out. Standard stuff. Guitarist ended up moving several states away and we called it quits. No hard feelings. Ended on great terms. Fast forward several years and the first drummer and guitarist are living about 3 hours away from each other. They get together and start playing together here and there. I get a phone call asking if I'd like to start the band back up. Just recording for the time. Nothing serious. Just fun. No pressure. Great. Sounds like a blast. We record a new record, a small lable wants release a few recordings old and new. Drummer is pissed because he isn't on the older songs. Compleatly refuses to acknowledge the older stuff at all. He Starts talking to the guitarist about replacing me. The guitarist just flat out said NO. But the drummers ego hears" not now but he's on probation" so now a local radio station just played us on the radio. I had given then quite a few different things to chose from. I suggested a few songs. One of wich I did not play on. We had a guest spot on the song. I had written this song so it was fun to hear a different take on it. The station aired a older recording. Not one that I had suggested. The drummer flipped out. Called me unprofessional, and stupid. Said I was only still in the band because of his graciousness and respect. He was all pro and was ok with me being in the bad for the moment. Then he started bad mouthing this DJ on face book. I addressed it with him privately and had him erace the posts. He started back in with the whole those recordings don't matter bit. And hinted about removing me agian. I called the guitarist. He confirmed that he was not upset with me at all, and that the band was infact the two of us. Drummer was being delusional. So today I have to call the drummer up and try to tactfully give him the boot. Suck......... My plan is to try to limit it to the fact that we just want different things out of the band. Any suggestions on how to break the news?