I am once again contemplating putting a new cover band together. This would be playing the typical bar hits... beatles, CCR, ZZ Top etc. I'd like to get some thoughts regarding a setup which consists of singer who is also guitarist / drums / bass VS singer / drums / guitarist / bass.... so really a 4 piece. Here is how I see it: Three Piece: -more money per gig -less schedule / personality hassles Four piece: - Likely music will be better because the guitarist can focus on playing his instrument as to doing that plus lead vocals. - If the singer-guitarist leaves/gets fired the band is back to square one, whereas its easier to replace either the singer or guitarist and still have more of the core of the band in place. - Vocals will sound better. The more people in the band who sing, the better the band sounds. - From my experience doing this about a year ago, things go easier if the singer plays some guitar since he has a better understanding of when to come into the verse, chorus, let the guitarist finish his solo etc. Anything else I am missing? What's the better route to go in your opinion?