Hey guys, As you've probably heard in other threads, I've started a punk tribute band. We've been fortunate in getting gigs in the crowded NYC scene, and we've gotten good feedback on our "concept" and our playing. My issue, though is with overall stamina. We typically open shows with other bands on the bill, and play a straight 45 minutes. Thing is, by the last 2-3 songs, we're all DYING and practically faking our way through them (not that the audience has ever noticed). As you'd expect, the music is very fast and intense - my picking hand (even when following the Carol Kaye method recommended here) gets cramped, and my whole body feels so worn out to the point where I've almost fallen over when the set is done. Part of the problem, of course, comes from the fact that we want to get the crowd going and put on a SHOW - to that end, I'm jumping around and whatnot. I hate bands that just stand there and look boring, but now I think I understand why they do that. Any advice? This problem concerns me because we may be doing longer sets in the future.