Currently in a cover band playing 80 shows a year for an average of $125 of man. It is a lot of work, we promote the gigs and there is always stress if we do not draw we might not be re-booked. I own the PA and lights and there is $5000 investment there and some time each gig in set up. I am honestly thinking about starting a new band next year to only play low pressure low pay gigs. Thinking a 3 piece with a small pa and front lights only for Legion Halls and Moose lodge type gigs. $100 a guy play 40 gigs a year. My rational is I honestly want my life back and do not want to be committed every weekend of the year. It took me 5 years to work out of the lowest level of gigs and it is a tough decision. Has anyone else every decided to step back and lower the bar a bit music wise to get your life back?