i'm in a cover band, and all the songs are at least somewhat familiar (at the sing-along level). but i need a chart of some sort or some practice time to be able to play a tune at a gig (unless i've played it before). i mean there's an arrangement, and changes, the bridge, how to start/end, etc. in a recent band discussion (after having multiple setlist changes and some tunes sound rocky at rehearsal), i was nominated to manage the setlist. i told the band that all i (we) need is a little time to learn the songs before a practice or a gig, and we should be set. but letting it go until a few hours before is asking for problems. our drummers both said they don't mind "winging it." one of the drummers went as far as to say he's done 500 gigs, and the majority were done without the setlist even known before the gig. "the kids love everything." meanwhile, it was this drummer that didn't know 3 of the tunes we were trying to get done for this next gig, and thus caused us to scrap them. i.e., they would have been on-stage trainwrecks without practice time. none of us are professional musicians. all weekend warriors. seriously... do your bands get on stage and play songs you've never played before? am i out of line thinking that's asinine?