I've been playing with the same drummer and guitarist for about a year now. We've been slowly building up our song list and skills, and recently added a keyboardist. We're collecting recordings from our rehearsals to start shopping local gigs. We play covers, but a bit more obsure ones (Phish, Big Head Todd, Collective Soul, etc). That's all okay. Our drummer brought in a friend to help tweak our PA, (can't tweak, sing and play bass at the same time!) and he gave us some feedback about what he thought of our sound and setup. Now our drummer wants to invest a bunch of money into equipment of dubious necessity (snakes, etc.) and wants us to do dance-oriented covers (think "Mustang Sally"). Ugh! Question 1: Can you do well getting gigs playing music that is a bit less familiar, or must we be totally subserviant to the demand of doing the common? Question 2: We've got about 24 songs, probably two sets. Is it a requirement to have 3 sets of material?