If you remember a few weeks ago I mentioned how tired I was to not find the right band (audition frustration, flakes, weirdos, uninteresting offers). Got together with a drummer who has the same ideas and ambitions as I, we auditioned, or tried to (remember the pizza thing?). Some never showed up, some were absolutely not what we were looking for, then tonight the last candidate was exactly what we were looking for. Learn the songs in no time, knows a lot of popular songs, sings pretty good, good gear, not a weirdo. Wow. So now that we can start working on songs, we are at disagreement with my drummer. He can sing pretty well even while drumming, which is a rarity and probably a cool thing in a band. My opinion is that we should look for a 4th guy who is more of a lead singer / rhythm guitarist, and the drummer would sing lead on a few songs to give the other lead singer a break, the rest of the time sing backups, like the rest of us. But he wants to be the lead singer, no instruments, and we should look for a drummer. Since this is going to be a gigging band doing bar gigs among other things, I want to keep this a 4-piece. Some bars have a small stage and 5 guys can walk on each other's feet. A lot of the songs only require drums, bass, guitar & vocals, but others only sound good with 2 guitars. We also want to throw in some 80's pop metal in the mix. I know this is up to us to sort it out, but what do folks sing in general of a drummer / singer who can sing lead on some of the songs? The last thing is: yeah, he can sing lead, but he is not awesome, and singing abilities are the hardest thing to criticize, as everybody knows. I would appreciate the input.