Chapter 6: I’m In the Band (The Second Drummer Drowned)

There’s nobody quieter in an interview than a replacement member of a band: the studio assistant who got the job as guitarist because the singer noticed he could play the licks better than the actual guitarist, the bassist who got drafted when the rest of the band decided they couldn’t take one more bus ride with that founding member. And there’s nobody louder than a lead singer who’s decided to say how he really feels about a departed member of the group. The smart ones take a dignified high road, even when that drummer was a substance-abusing freak who was bringing down the whole band, but who ever said lead singers were smart?