I got to thinking this week about the multiple band thingy. Yeah, you can move around a lot and fill all your open dates and make more money, but does this really make sense? I guess it all depends on the size of the geographical area you may live, but around my area that covers maybe a 60 mile radius, there are plenty of bands. In my opinion, more bands than this area can support. I tried it for a while. I insisted that everyone text me about dates and I swore to do the same if I had a date I couldn't play, etc. That way I had proof to show that I told them I couldn't play, and in some cases, to prove they gave me erroneous dates. I got tired of all the conflics and told myself I am going to be a one-band-guy. The reason I thought about this is, my band is so stretched out. We are always needing subs, and other bands, because of this, need subs too. It's becoming a big circle. For instance: You book a gig with band B on 11/10. Band A (your regular band) gets a decent booking for 11/10 on short notice. You can't play because you're booked with band B, so your regular band (A) gets a sub. We've needed 3 different subs this month (keyboard, drums, and me (bass). It all seems counter-productive. You have guys that barely know the material in band A, yet sub for band B. I miss the old days where there was more allegiance. You played with a group of guys and you tried to become as tight as you could. Nowadays, the music suffers because subs can hardly be the real thing. The gigs were easier then, IMO because all the guys were more on the same page. Heck, we even did the hang thing. I think that, if it was more like the old days, the best bands could get the best jobs. This weekend our keyboard player can't make it and our sub isn't available. That means we have to figure out a song list for NO keys. Crazy. I always did my best when having to sub, but typically sub dates are kind of last-minute. There's no way I'm going to nail every song, especially the ones I've only heard a few times or ones I've never heard at all. Thoughts?