So I play in a classic rock cover band in the Seattle area and we work 3 out of 4 weekends a month, mostly private events and weddings and a bar gig if nothing else is going on. I'll make probably $5k with them this year. We use those bar gigs as rehearsals to try out music that has been requested by upcoming events. What happens is someone will give us a lead on Gigmasters, BL will contact them and they'll inevitably ask if we can play Song X or Band Y. That's currently the situation I'm taking a break from practicing now: Private party, favorite bands are Silversun Pickups (terrible band) and Smashing Pumpkins (more popular terrible band). So if someone asked for your bands to play a couple songs from those bands what would come to your mind? I'd think Lazy Eye and Cherub Rock, right? Easy to identify, ok to play and everyone would agree that we held up our end of the deal. No, I'm spending 45 minutes of my time this morning for a gig this afternoon to work out Panic Switch and 1979, so the song possibilities went from bad to really bad. This happens a lot where the request that could be really fun turn into complete garbage because the BL doesn't have much concept of what people's expectation are unless they give us explicit examples of songs they want, like "Party in the USA" (trash), "Firework", "I Kissed a Girl" (trash), "I Got a Feeling" (trash) and "Toto by Africa (sic)" (lame). What happens next is these songs will be added to the list of stuff we play on Gigmasters but we never want to play it again AND people keep requesting Black Eyed Peas. Kill me. So upcoming wedding, requests for Metallica and Rush. Best gig ever, right? I've played with the guitar player/BL for 14 years and I know he can play most of those catalogs so "Creeping Death" and "Tom Sawyer" or "Spirit of Radio" would really flip the party out. Nope, "Enter Sandman" and "Working Man" because "People know those songs". ***. I think someone requesting specifically Metallica for the wedding knows they don't want "Nothing Else Matters" because they could get a DJ for that. So what's your band's deal with these kind of requests?