Mod edit: this is the official covers vs originals thread where we can hold this discussion without derailing other threads. Back to bassbully....... I have been a bit bored when I have checked Band management lately and hope to spark it up a bit. I was reading another post and saw some of the songs a few covers bands had on their setlists and got a sick feeling of " I'm so glad I don't have to play that anymore" First off this post is not a slam on cover bands. They are great and I cut my bass playing teeth on them and still perform a few today with both my Originals bands and still enjoy them. But there is an overall feeling that being in an originals band is the kiss of doom to some. Is it? Why do you like, love or prefer Orignals over covers...the good side only please. Here are my reasons- Creativity Playing music I am a part of Seeing my name as not a just a member but writer. More freedom Recording more music Promotion and exposure (don't like as much) Chance at playing more interesting gigs Playing more interesting places feedback from the crowd Press on the band/reviews The feeling that the band is real/mine Chance to tour There are more but thats all I can think of right now. I'm interested to see what good reason's others have. I get a feeling of when I am in my originals band that we are a product and it is ours...we own it. In cover's I have never got that feeling and feel like I am a going thru the motions and will have to play songs I don't like allot. I can't at this time in my life see me doing covers again, maybe down the road? ..Who knows? I was offered to play in two coverbands in the last month one I played with for 1.5 years and turned both down. I knew the pay would of been good but my heart is in playing my bands music. Again this is only a positive thread on the GOOD reasons you play in an originals band. Thanks.