My band just did a two-nighter last week at a club we've not played at before. The club owner also plays in a band himself and it turns out the guitarist in the band is an old friend of mine I used to cross paths with "on the scene" about 15 / 20 years ago. The guy goes on to tell me that he joined the band because he got their other guitarist fired as he was holding them back from better gigs. So in essence, the club owner was an upgrade to the guy he replaced. The singer in the band happens to be the cook at the club and the owner dangled a gig at his own club as a carrot to get himself into this band. Midway through the first evening the owner says to me that we're a great band but we'd have to get rid of our rhythm guitarist / vocalist as he is a weak link who will hold us back from the "next level". He tells me how much experience he has in these things, etc. and I listened politely and went on with my night. The next evening, our lead player mentions to me that the owner approached him about setting up a new project and that he was dissatisfied with the band he's in currently (the one that fired a guy for him to replace) and wants to play with better musicians. Needless to say, after the gig we pulled all promo for his club from our FB page and website and I warned my old friend in the band about who they've got themselves involved with. This person is using his club and his position to try and parachute himself into a successful band. You guys must have some stories to tell too. There is slime everywhere.