Next week my band (4 piece, playing funk-rock) goes to a mini tour - 12 concerts all the way Croatian Adriatic coast (Italy is on the other side of Adriatic - for those who think that Croatia is village in south Africa ). It is second time we're doing this. 2 years ago, 4 of us packed all our instruments-bass, 2 guitars with amps, drums... in a Fiat Ritmo (size like Ford Focus) and played as street musicians. I can't tell you how much fun that was. Living on a road for whole month... At one time I thought I will never go home, it was that good. We lived as kings, always being in centre of attention, wherever we came. We signed contract with a small record company and to promote new single, we planned whole tour, arranged paying gigs at best places possible and guess what? ...One of guitarist won't go. He has some problems at home, bla bla. We always knew he could do something like this (there were a few gigs he just didn't show up), but he is genius on guitar-imagine how does sound great funk lead guitarist and that's why we tolerated this for too long. It's a great loss and we don't have time to find replacement. But we started to rearrange songs and they sound great, even without him. Groove is still there, funk is still there. And there is soo much more room for me (Not that it matters, I still mustn't overplay the song). So, I was wondering, how many of you have had similar problems?