I currently play in a cover band which hasn't played out yet.(neither have I). However we have been rehearsing seriously for about 6 months. We normally practice 3 days a week. We have developed a solid set list of about 40 songs. (good for 4 hours of entertainment.) We collectively decide to go out and find one of the local bars to try and get our first gig. So I go to one that I frequent occaisionally and talk to the owner. He says he is booked up through the end of the year, but if we want to "audition" we can set up and play on a monday night, tuesday night, or saturday evening before the scheduled band plays. He says I can't pay you to play but I'll buy your drinks. I told him I would check with the other guys and get back with him. I call up our singer, (who seems to call the shots) and he says thats the oldest trick in the book. He says we are not playing for free. I just think we need to get our name out there and at least see how the drunkards respond to our choice of songs. So what do you guys think? This is all new to me so I just want to get some opinions of more seasoned guys (and gals) here. thanks in advance.