I've been running sound for a popular local country band for the past few months, and they apparently like my service and sound. So they gave me their entire 2013 schedule and told me to pick which gigs I could do for them. I chose 27 and left six dates on the table that I had conflicts with. They seemed happy with my choices and we moved ahead with several gigs.
Then out of nowhere, their old sound guy emails everyone and says "Hey, I'm committed to all these dates below for 2013, and I was wondering if you had any more dates to add?" He listed most of the gigs that I had already booked on my schedule for the band!
The band then confessed to me that they had given the old sound guy their schedule prematurely and then decided that they liked my service better. I don't know if they thought their former sound guy was going to just forget about the gigs or what. In the end, I had 19 gigs pulled back off my schedule, and was given only eight gigs instead of the 27 - and they were the unwanted and difficult gigs.
At that point I told the band that I was not interested in just the unwanted gigs, but rather, I was willing to take their entire schedule on (as offered) because there were a lot of good and bad gigs in the package. Then the band accused me of cancelling a gig on them tonight (one of the VERY difficult ones up three flights of stairs) because I didn't accept their newly-revised offer.
I told the band that they cancelled 19 gigs on me, and I simply rejected their newly-revised offer of eight lame gigs - I didn't cancel any gigs on them at all. They still insisted that I was "cancelling a gig tonight on short notice" and said if they used me again "we will need a written contract with penalties". I replied, "Don't blame me for your booking the gigs with two different sound providers because you got buyer's regret on the first guy. I didn't cancel any gigs - I just rejected your newly-revised offer. If the gigs were never offered to me and accepted to begin with, how can I cancel one of them?"
They obviously wanted to make the switch but botched the attempt to ditch their old sound provider. When he started getting in their face about the gigs they had already committed to him for 2013, they caved in to him and pulled 19 gigs back from me... but expected me to just put on a smile and climb three flights of stairs tonight with enough sound gear to entertain 800 people.
Any thoughts? Would you take the eight lame gigs after losing 19 of the 27, or just reject all of them?