I've played in original bands most of my life. Most of the people I've played with have hated cover bands, resented the attention and crowds they get, and looked at the cover band musicians as complete baffoons who had no creativity and nothing better to do with their lives than play other people's music, and think they were rock stars. I always envied the fact that they were earning money doing what they loved, learning from other people's music, and having a sh*tload of fun. Now I play in both a cover band, and The Nerve. When we do a Nerve show, I'm on top of the world, I talk to everybody, have a great time, meet women. When I play a cover gig, I feel like one of the people described above. I become introverted and pretty much hide in a corner. My self esteem seems to go out the window. I don't drink, so I can't use alcohol to take the edge off. I realize lately also that the 2 bands draw 2 entirely different crowds. Original music tends to draw creative, intelligient, artsy, educated people. The cover band seems to draw a bunch of drunken less than average inteligience people who over my lead singer thinking he's Bon Jovi when we do Dead or Alive (on of my most hated songs of all time). I wonder what thoughts anyone else has on cover bands, original bands, the crowds they draw, AND if anyone shares a similar experience to mine???