No doubt, this rant could very well insult every cover-band member in this forum. Just keep in mind that this is a personal theory being typed in the wee hours of the morning. It seems to me that cover bands are made up of people who lack ambition. Bands that mainly play originals may have a harder time getting gigs at first than a cover band, but a cover band has little chance of hitting it big in the business or going past a certain point of popularity and power. Cover bands don't usually get record deals from my experience. Sure, it's an easy way to get money and it may make it easier to get gigs but it doesn't seem to go much further than that. After all, who wants to buy a CD of a band playing someone else's music pretty much exclusively? This rant comes from a guitarist I played with, or rather, his parents. Basically, this guy's parents are both very well trained and very good musicians and he respects them very much. However, at the end of the day, they are in a cover band and only in a cover band together. That's it. For all of their skill, they only play covers. They get gigs and money, but they have no chance going anywhere other than where they are. They are in a fixed position as far as popularity and all that good stuff goes. The fact that they are only in a cover band causes me to respect them less than I would otherwise. Rather than use their skills to write originals and make new music, they only play covers. Not so ambitious. If you must, flame me. I'm just tired and have a mind teeming with slightly uncomfortable thoughts and I feel the need to vent a few right now.