The band I just left is a coverband. My best friend is the guitar player in the band. Apparently what's happened is that the drummer and singer have decided that they don't want to do dance tunes anymore and are coming up with songs that while popular among a certain subset of 80's rock/metal will almost certainly be lost on most crowds. My friend's really discouraged. The direction the band's going in isn't what he wants to do and if they play outside of Hometown, USA they're going to flop. Badly. I told him to bail. Finish out your obligations and don't personally book any gigs because they won't get asked back and the stink will certainly be on him. The other guys are attempting to use the argument that they want to do these relatively obscure songs in order to differentiate themselves from other coverbands. But I think that's wrongheaded. The purpose of a coverband is to entertain people with songs they know and love and can dance to. Not every song has to be bubblegummy stuff from the Top Ten but I think they need to make up a significant portion of each set. You can certainly still be unique and cover some songs most bands don't but you can't just decide you're only going to do songs that you like. It's a business. People are going to an establishment to be entertained and you, the band, are getting paid for it. That means playing stuff that a wide general audience knows and loves whether you personally like the song or not. Personally, I never had a problem picking out songs that I liked that catered to a wide audience. I always found something. But I was also always willing to play stuff I hated as long as the crowd dug it. What should my friend do? I think he should GTFO as soon as he can because those guys are gonna drag him down.