Is it wrong to be pissed off about being handed a list of 30 songs and a dream set list from the guitar player with no input from the rest of the band and told this is what we should be doing? The drummer/band leader piped in agreeing with him saying this will open up so many more avenues for us." Last week he just happened to have 5 copies at our band meeting, & I smelled something fishy. The songs picked are really out of our realm to do. We dont have keys or a ton of background vocals; we are not familiar with click tracks & sequencing. So I see us headed for failure & frustration, with the added bonus of losing the audience weve built over the years. And I am not alone in how I feel. Secretly the singer is planning to quit and pursue a side project, our other guitarist is less than thrilled with all of this & I find myself looking thru Craigslist hoping to find something. A little background on us, weve been together going on 4 years. Within that time we have risen quickly to the top of the food chain so to speak, playing many the most popular venues, festivals, etc. We are 2 guitars, bass, drums & vocalist with 2 of doing most of the background vocals. We have been booked to open for Bret Michaels on August 10th,, etc. So weve had a fairly successful business model based on the theme of bad girlfriend/wife. A nice mix of rock with some Journey sprinkled over some Jessies girl and a side of Crazy B*tch topped with some Nickleback & Poison. WE dont dress up in goofy outfits but we engage the audience throughout the entire show in a variety of ways, sorry guys trade secrets involving shaker weights & guitar hero guitars, lol. Picking songs in our group has always been a delicate issue. One side I have a lead guitarist that doesnt care what he plays as long as it is pop music, hes willing to fake playing if he had to in order to make a buck. This is his first successful cover band & hes now picking songs that I dont think we will do very well and songs that put us in direct competition with other bands, more popular bands that do them extremely well (mostly thru soundtracks coupled with silly outfits). His rationalization is we should do the same songs that the popular bands do so that we can be popular and pull in more people. While I understand his rationale, I dont agree with his choices & really dont agree with him taking it upon himself to dictate the next 30 songs we learn. On the other side, I have a singer that is into heavier rock music that is often played on satellite radio so not mainstream music. Sometimes he doesnt understand that because he likes it or his GF likes it that it might not work due to not being very popular or well known. The other guitar player and I tend to be in the middle, a little of this & a little of that, whatever fits our instrumentation & vibe of the band. The drummer (originator of the band) at first wanted to do new rock music playing on our local station, cutting edge stuff. In the past wed submit 5 or so songs each, talk about them & then pick from the list. However, now weve been given this list & told what well be learning with no input or discussion from anyone else. The general feeling among the other members is that the only opinions that matter are those of the lead guitarist & the drummer just agrees with him. Plus it is pretty apparent that the guitarist has been going behind everyones back, talking to the drummer to push his agenda/song choices. If anyone else would have done this the lead guitarist would have went sideways over it. Not sure what to do or how to handle this. In the past anyone that dissents from the drummer has felt his wrath. Either way it goes someone will be leaving.