Hey, Things are probably going to get a bit rocky with my band - its a cover band so its not such a big deal - our lead singer is leaving in December (he was decent enough to give us plenty of notice to try to find a replacement) and one of our guitar players won't make much time to practice. we are all good mates so a lot of things are let slide with little or no fuss. its really frustrating for myself, our drummer and lead guitarist because we'd like to do more covers and practice more, so we decided to meet up and go over some covers between the 3 of us, it went very well and we are giving _strenuous_ thought to slimming down to a 3 piece from a 5 piece. the vibe of playing with the other two guys was great, it was so relaxed and things flowed way better than before. our main concern with a 3 piece is splitting up the vocals, our drummer can sing, i can sing and our guitar player can do backing vocals...however, i can't sing AND play (yet!) and i don't mean to dis any singing-drummers out there but i think it would be a little odd to have a drummer as our main vocalist - there would be no visible front man for the crowd to see. i had thought about just losing the troublesome guitar player and working something out with the singer so that the 3 of us could work on the music and whenever he had the time to meet up to go over a song, he could show up and sing over what we play...we tend to stick very closely to the original versions of songs. i'm sure there have been a million posts like this before! has anyone ever reduced their band size and still been able to keep the band going?