: NKT shows. Apparently, Dave couldn't deal with the jokes aimed at the
: "boozing" crowds, with sexual innuendo, etc. Nobody was complaining about
: how they played. Like I've said, Bob Haworth once posted that Connor and Horine
: were let go after they requested more money from Mr. Shane.
I think that was a bit later, actually, post Horine/Connor.
Dave had been bought out in 1961, and thus would not have had any say in the matter. However, he was interviewed in a 1980 book called "When Rock Was Young" and claimed that Bob had asked him to join the NKT on or around the time Bill Zorn gave his notice (1975-76), but supposedly declined because of the adult humor, onstage drinking, and the uneven quality of the performances. There were shall we say other "party favors" around at the time as well that contributed to this atmosphere.
Whether Dave's story is apocryphal or not is anyone's guess, but the quality control comments did mirror some of Nick and Frank's same concerns at the time (though they wisely kept those concerns private between KT, Inc and Bob). Dave's public criticism certainly didn't endear him to Bob, contributing to the frosty backstage atmosphere at the 1981 PBS reunion show.
I believe the "trio that never was" of Dave, Nick and John came about from rehearsal and backstage jams during the same reunion special.