Why did you leave the last band you were in?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by GreyBeard, Nov 20, 2002.

  1. Conflict with another member

    9 vote(s)
  2. Not enough time

    8 vote(s)
  3. Got fired for screwing up

    0 vote(s)
  4. Got dumped for a better player

    2 vote(s)
  5. Got burned out for it

    9 vote(s)
  6. Better opportunity elsewhere

    22 vote(s)
  7. other (explain)

    4 vote(s)
  1. I'm in the process of leaving my present band and starting up another. I've been with these guys and girl for the past 8 months. I worked with them 14 years ago for 8 years and took 6 years off. As you can see, this band has been around for a long time, since 1967. The guy that heads it up is a complete dictator. There is no freedom of expression even in the smallest since of the word. Everyone knows when they sign on that he is the boss and he has the 1st and last word on everything that is done. Given the fact that he has had the same band for the past 30 some years and many of the members stayed with him for more than 5 years at a time, it is hard to argue with his methods. I'm quitting to start up my old band again because I just need more freedom. Why did you leave the last band you were in???
  2. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I left the last band I was in just because it had run its course for me - time to move on.
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    bottom line I left my last band because the singer sucked < - - link is to a sample of the horror. I spent 2 years trying to make it work and never saw the stage once with the project :(

    BUT... I ended up having a bit of a burn out of the whole music biz, musicianship thing and quit it all. That was in 96 (thought it was 97 but the Mrs's just corrected me). At the time the Bebop Gypies ended I was in a blues cover band with the drummer... but we had only had a couple 'opening' gigs and never really solidified. So I sold it all except my acoustic guitar. I just started back up a year ago... it's great to be back.
  4. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Not quite as strong as you would like eh? Steve Perry ish at times, but the power is not there. Was he really god awful, or am I being lenient? I am trying to get with the vocals these days, so I got much sympathy to everyone. But if he is just a singer, I guess he should be real strong.

    I go about a band a year. The one I got right now is a power trio of two great players. I hope for at least 2 years. Maybe more...
  5. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I got kicked out of the band I was in previous to my current band, probably for several reasons... one, I was pretty strong headed, and the singer didn't like to hear contrary opinions... two, I really didn't think the drummer was all that great, I thought that we could find a more suitable drummer. And three, I wouldn't agree to let the lead singers wife help write songs...

  6. college started, we all went our separate ways...:(
  7. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    i left my last band (a world music group) because I was tired of playing at yoga centers and being paid with all the curry and samosas i could eat...
  8. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
  9. To make a long story short, I showed up at a gig that we we're supposed to play only to find that our singer had gotten into an arguement with the lady that booked us and walked out of the gig. When I got there the only person in our band that bothered to stick around to tell me what had happened was our drummer. We both left the band right after that.
  10. Best band I ever had. 3 piece guitar, bass, and drums. No keyboard, and no lead singer. Had more fun and made more money than any other band I ever had. Should have never let that one end.:(
  11. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Same here.
  12. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I left my last band (I was in it for 14 years) for creative differences. They wanted to suck, and I didn't.
  13. I haven't left a band yet. All the bands I'm in eventually split up because of either other members not having time or other band members having personal problems with each other...:(
  14. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    They were happy to keep on doing covers whilst I only accepted doing covers to get us gigging. I've now become a bedroom songwriter/recorder so that when I next set up a band I'll actually have some originals to play.

  15. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Interesting topic and it got me thinking.

    Most of the bands I have played in have just ceased to be, either by mutual consent, the band leader/songwriter moving away or having other commitments or we stopped playing together for so long that it just sort of stopped. Of the ones I have left…

    1 The lead singer was an idiot and it took me a while to realise it.
    2 The lead singer was an idiot and it took me a while to realise it.
    3 The lead singer was an idiot and it took me a while to realise it.

    In all the cases one or more of the other musicians were friends with or related to the idiot in question and my leaving was the preferable/easiest option. In each case the band broke up acrimoniously after I left because IMHO the lead singer was an idiot.

    The reason I got fooled 3 times (between 1984 and 1988) was because the singer had above average talent and a lot of charisma. Apart from pickup gigs/deps I always play for people that I know fairly well and like. It makes all the difference.
  16. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I would kill for that gig. Seriously.
  17. I actually like that song! :D
  18. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    :oops: thanks, I loved the musicianship and material we created... I just couldn't get past the brassy squeel of a voice he had. Plus all the keys and guitars were done by the guitarist. We tried bringing in other musicians to play the other parts... but it was just a headache.

    I actually am looking to put something together with the guitarist again. He is an amazing player/teacher

    if you want to here the rest.... scroll to the bottom here

    thanks for listening to it :cool:
  19. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Hey, how about putting some positive reasons in that poll?? Sometimes opportunity knocks, and you've just got to answer the call.

    In my case, the old band dissolved because the lead guitarist and I were moving to a band that had better musicians and paying gigs.
  20. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    ...what Chucko said: Better opportunies!

    My previous band was a very busy and good cover band in south-central Louisiana (Baton Rouge), played the casino/wedding/nice nightclub circuit, very busy - worked 3-4 nights a week on average.

    Got offered a chance to re-join an original act in Orlando, and since then I haven't exactly worked as much, but recorded a CD and have been to Paris, New York City, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas to play. I also got a pretty hip day gig too! :D