I just got back from my first paying gig at a graduation party. It was a terrible show. We had practiced only twice for this show, which consisted of about 15 songs, most of which I didn't know. I had trouble remembering all the different changes, and we as a band just weren't playing as well as we had practiced the songs. I almost feel guilty about getting paid $50 (which I haven't received yet). I don't know if anyone liked us at all. The lesson I learned is to spend more time practicing all the songs before doing a show. Either that, or screw the rock gigs and start playing jazz gigs where I don't have to remember all the riffs and such. What bothers me the most is that all the songs are easy, but I just forget them. Also, I had to transcribe everything down a half step because the guitars were tuned lower while I remained at standard tuning. Here's the setlist, for the record: 3A.M. - Matchbox 20 Only The Good Die Young - Billy Joel Angel/Joker - Shaggy/Steve Miller Band variation La Bamba - Los Lobos I'll Be There for You - The Rembrants Respect - guitarist's solo thing which he ended up not playing Drive - Incubus Hemorrage - Fuel (although I was so frustrated I didn't even play it) Flashlight - Parliament Two Princes - Spin Doctors Tonight - original tune Time of My Life - you know, the Dirty Dancing theme... Twist n' Shout - whoever Beautiful Day - U2 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard We ended up playing the songs out of that order, and also played a few more things when we realized we had a ton of time left. We even played an acoustic version of "Hit My Baby One More Time" (after one guitarist/singer had 3 free beers).