Ok, so I'm kinda/sorta in one band(more of a former band, now back as a fill-in until they replace me), and I'm also in a new cover band I helped form. Both top-40/pop/rock. The new band has nothing to do with this discussion! We're not going to be having these issues...already pre-discussed... So former band...get along with everyone personality wise, singer(female) has a GREAT voice, lead guitarist has chops, drummer does as well, and when we play, I like to think it's pretty tight. However, during gigs, there is so much dysfunction. Dead air in between songs is ridiculous. One guitarist is tuning and/or drinking his drink, while the other one is trying to talk to the crowd way too much. "Hey, how you doing? Huh? You like rock n' roll? Huh? This is a chick song, yea!" Wish I had a foot switch to shut his mic off, it gets annoying. Not to mention, many times, the rythym guitarist(who's band it really is) decides to change the song order mid set, so we're all looking at each other waiting for his song choice. THEN, the time in between sets...20-30 min breaks are the norm, which means we're cutting our sets really short. First set last night...9 songs. Anyway, this is more of a rant, not asking for ways to deal with it, since I don't care to have input with this band anymore...but for you cover band people, how is your outlook & how is your band with "dead air" in between songs? I know in the downtown area here, to play in the good bars, besides the right setlist, you have to keep the set moving, and this band isn't moving anywhere fast....however they're not willing to work on that.