I'm on the verge of losing my voice, and we have a gig tonight. As the lead singer, that brings up a bunch of questions regarding how much is enough to cancel a gig. I think we'll play tonight regardless - if I lose my voice, then I'll just make our bass player sing lead for the night. But it did get me thinking - where's the line between "the show must go on" and band quality control? For example, how many of us have gotten upset because some touring band cancelled due to sickness? For me, it was Everclear about 6 years ago. How many of us would cancel a show for sickness? And how sick would we have to be? If the lead singer in your favorite band is hoarse, would you rather hear him struggle through the set, or would you prefer them to cancel? For that matter, what about gear? If your expensive bass gets run over by the band van upon loading up, and all you have left is your crappy Japanese P-bass copy that sounds muddy and crackly, would you cancel the gig? Or just suffer through it with a crappy bass? I don't know. There is something to be said for presenting a consistent type of quality with your band, but is a sore throat enough to degrade your band's sound? Discuss.