I really got get this out to other people who would understand it. Haha. So, my old band had some gear stolen from them. Right out of the house they practice at (the guitarist ex-step dad's). They have a pretty good idea who it was, but the cops are being zero help and pretty much don't care, even though they gave the cops the situation and a name and address. Anyways, They are throwing a benefit show to try and recover/rebuy some of the stolen gear. The guitarist is one of my really good friends and the guitarist of this band and pretty much the guy in control of booking their shows and everything. He asked me and my new band to play the show, and we agreed. To the point. He set the cover for $10!!! I tried to explain to him that people aren't going to care that they had their gear stolen. Benefit shows usually work and charge more and get away with it because it usually for someone thats dying or hurt or a charitable cause. While I get what he's trying to do, I believe he's going about it the wrong way. To all the people that walk through the door that just want to go out and have some drinks and hear live music, being smacked with a $10 cover, IMO is going to turn alot of people away. My suggestion was to charge the normal $5 and take donations throughout the night, go up during set changes and bring the jar with and leave it on their merch table while bands play. Or even do a 50/50 raffle. I tried to tell him, people would be more likely to pitch in a $5 donation AFTER they've been in and had a few. What do you guys think? The $10 cover going to blow up in his face and the show will be dead? Or, will people really sympathize and pay the extra $5?