The reason why I'm asking this question is that our cover band (classic rock, alternative, some country) is in the middle of auditions for a new lead singer and a second guitar player. Some of the people wanting to audition live an hour or more away and say, "I don't have a problem driving out to....." (in the area that we live/practice/audition). We're located about 35 miles outside of St. Louis, so we always take into consideration traffic and, especially now, winter weather, when someone lives "too far" away in our opinion. Sometimes we still audition them but we always ask if they're SURE the long distance isn't a problem for them if we choose them to be in the band. If someone lives 40, 50 minutes away that's still even a little "uncomfortable" for us. I guess the three of us are "spoiled" because we live within a few minutes of each other. Our previous second guitar player lived in the City of St. Louis, like 35 or so minutes away, and ONLY wanted to come to band practice IF it was REALLY necessary because he wanted to make the drive worth his while. Of course at first he didn't mind the drive. He only lasted five months. That's why he's being replaced, although he did quit the band! It just seems like people will say anything to be in the band, like, "Oh, I'm cool with the long drive! No problem!" A few weeks or months later they have a problem with it. Believe me when I say we're not trying to be snobs and only allow people who live close to be in the band. It's just that we've been snubbed in the past by more than one member who lived "far" away. Just looking for suggestions on how your band handles those who live "far away".