^ This is the first red flag, and really the only one needed to cancel the meet-up.. . . But the bassist has a request, he wants to bring a cameraman to film everything. On our first rehearsal. Where we don't even know any material. . .
Out here on the Möbius Strip, when a stranger wants to join a rehearsal and/or band, we ask for references. Even if they were contacted through CraigsList, we ask if we can contact old bandmates. We also tell them to contact our old bandmates. We’ve found some good players, but also avoided those who are unreliable, opinionated, controlling, angry, etc.