OK. So here is the situation and I'm looking for a broader perspective than my band mates. We are a regional 80s band. We are currently in a transition process with keyboard players. We have a hand full of subs that we are using now. Some better than others. For 3 shows (club gigs) we have the #3 pick. This guy is not the best choice but with careful set list planning around his ability and what he knows we can make it work. He is a little sloppy and does not have the best gear. The issue is that a couple of members of the band are outright refusing to play with this sub because they don't want to tarnish the "brand". Disclosure: This sub knows a lot of the material as he was the keyboard player in the band for several years but this was several years ago. So the singer has said that he does not want to do the shows with this guy on keys and that we should cancel. First: This takes $$ out of my pocket Second: I think he is taking himself waaayyy to seriously. Third: It is hard enough to get booked nowadays. when you have a solid relationship with a venue and several dates on the calendar with them you don't cancel and jeopardize that relationship. We are a very good band and have a great following and get paid well as a cover/tribute band but I don't think playing with this guy is going to be the end of the world. Has anyone found themselves in a similar situation? What did/would you do?