I will warn you that this will be a long post, so I apologize. Around 15 years ago I did a couple of songs with a young band that was just starting out. I had already been doing rap for 6 or 7 years previously, with a couple of groups and then on my own. The tracks went down well, and as I had just released a solo CD, I would back them up on their shows and they would do the backing at mine. This soon turned into us becoming a full time band. Things went pretty well, and after a couple of years, we were doing at a least a couple of shows a month, and a couple per week in summer. The pay wasn't great (when there was pay) but we did it for the pure enjoyment we got out of it. Although we were doing hip hop, it was more a fusion kind of thing, where we would mix in flamenco, jazz, blues, reggae etc. For the first few years we were 3 on vocals, a DJ and an amazing young keyboard & flamenco guitar player (who we used to have to smuggle in to some shows as he was under age ). At first, we would rehearse twice a week, but that dropped to once a week when we were constantly gigging. For around 5 years, everything was great, but then due to the work situation, I began to travel more and rehearsals basically stopped happening unless it was the day before a show. I was only able to make around 30% of the shows a year, so we had 2 versions of each song, with and without me. We ended up adding another guy who sang flamenco and then another melodic HH guy, which started really well, but due to reasons that I won't go into here, it started going down hill. To be honest, I started making it to a lot less shows as I just wasn't inspired anymore, so I stopped trying to change schedules in order to be available. I carried on doing solo stuff, and recorded another 2 CD's, but was never inspired enough to actually release them. In the end, I completely gave up on hip hop (at least vocally). Soon after, the keyboard/guitar player left and now only plays in church. The rest of the band officially broke up around 3 years ago as it just wasn't working. I had only done one show with them in the last 2 years. The original band members are like family to me, and although we don't see each other as often as we once did, I would say that they are my closest people outside my immediate family members. I still do work with the guy who was our producer and sound engineer, and around 18 months ago he mentioned that the band was going to get back together, but just the original members. I said great, but without really paying much attention. A couple of months later I met up with the band at a party and they told me they had a gig the next day and would I join them? I politely declined, saying that I was totally out of practice and would need a bunch of time to rehearse. They answered that they hadn't rehearsed either and that they would "see how it goes". I wished them luck I met up with them at another party about 6 weeks later and asked them how the show went. They said that it went great and that they had done another 2 since and were booked for 4 or 5 more in the near future. They again asked me to join up with them. I said that I would be happy to do shows with them , but we needed to rehearse. They energetically agreed and said they would call me for the next rehearsal. History then kept on repeating itself, each time I would meet them, they would say that they were doing shows and that they had more lined up and that they would love to have me. Every time I would reply that I was still waiting for their call for rehearsal. The reply would always be something along the lines of: "Bro, we rehearsed for an hour that same morning" or "We didn't get chance to rehearse for this one". Finally, last night, I got to see them live for the first time since I left. It was only a small crowd and not great, but the band put on a great show, sort of. They are still as good, or should I say better, at interacting with the crowd, creating a great atmosphere, where even those who would never dream of listening to hip hop bob their heads and tap their feet, that is the thing that I most loved about this band. We used to do shows in all kinds of situations, and although we were officially a hip hop band, we managed to get everyone from punks to old age farmers having a good time. But on the negative side, I saw was obvious lack of rehearsal. I mean, they have no issues with the lyrics, or music, but if you don't rehearse running around and jumping about while singing, then when you go on stage you suffer. Another part that I noticed was the lack of musicality. A lot of the more known songs were recorded with live instruments and 5 voices, now there are only 2 voices and a DJ. This detracts (IMO) from the show that they are capable of doing. Anyway, when the show was over, the band came up to me and asked what I thought of the show. I was totally honest (as I always am with them) and noted the points I just wrote. They agreed totally with everything I said and then said something that is what is sparking this thread. They told me that they had been talking it over and they know that they need to rehearse and want to, but that they had never been capable of organizing rehearsals since I stopped organizing them 10 years ago! They asked me if I would be willing to rejoin and at the same time, get them back on track with organization. They have a bunch of material that they are not playing/recording due to lack of rehearsal. They also said that they really miss having live instruments on stage and would love it if I could play bass also (I can't sing and play at once, so it would be on songs that only need simple backing vocals from me). So, I am really tempted to get back together with these guys, as I really did have some of the best years of my life while I was in the band, and we are all more grown and relaxed now. However, on the other hand, I still have to travel for work and I don't want to be put in a position where I feel guilty for putting my job before my pleasure. I am also not sure if I am looking for drama here. Well, if anyone read this far, thanks. What do you think, what would you guys do?