This thread will probably just be a masturbatory blog since no one else gives a rat's patootie, but it'll keep me out of TPA. Sue me. Anyhoo, at the ripe old age of 41, I'm finally in a rock band. Been playing about 8 years, and have done lots of church stuff, but the band situation has always been elusive. Part of it has been my schedule and location (AF, stationed in Korea for the last 5 years), and part of it not finding the right bunch of fellers, particulary when most guys are here on a 1-year remote. Well, the stars have aligned properly, and I got recruited by a retired buddy of mine who just opened a club in the "ville." Actually, the lead guitar player recruited me, but once we connected the dots, it was pretty much a done deal. It's a five-piece band, with my club-owner pal as the lead singer. He and the drummer (who kicks @$$) have been playing together for almost a decade, and the lead guitar player kills, although he's mostly a classic/southern rock guy (he plays a Tele, if that tells you anything). We're doing mainly old-white guy classic rock, but with some more modern stuff thrown in for the kiddies. We went from zero to our first gig in less than three weeks, which still kinda boggles my mind, but it went pretty dang well. We did about 30 tunes, from Elvis to Radiohead. We had some rough patches, but the kids from work came in a threw panties at me (I'm not kidding--I'll post pics), so it wasn't all bad. It was a good time, and while I'm not satisfied with where we're at, I'm happy with how it went, especially with only three rehearsals. Everyone has chops, we've got some good chemistry, and some real potential to pull off much larger gigs locally. I'm pretty excited. The only real negative for me was my right forearm cramping up at the end of the second set in the middle of "Free Bird" (I know, I know). All I could do was look at my hand as it curled up into a fist. I had to pry it open with my other hand, and it hurt like a sumbitch. Fortunately, it was our second to last tune, with last being "She Hates Me," which my dog can play (although she droops her dew claw over the top of the fingerboard, which drives me nuts). I was pretty much down for the count. With all of the shedding I've been doing, I've been real conscious of RSI problems on the top of my hand, but I've never had the underside of my forearm do that before. I will definitely be stretching throughout next time. If anyone has experienced anything similar, I'm open to advice. Anyway, that's it for now. I'll probably be posting more in this forum as time goes on to tap you guys for advice, particularly on performance/sound issues. Thanks in advance!