I had been with a classic rock cover band for about three years, ever since I moved to this area from out of state. We had been gigging once or twice per month over that time, mainly due to our bass player/front man/manager, "Bob" networking with bar managers, VFW presidents, event organizers, etc. We did a gig Saturday night at a local watering hole that was pretty typical for us - not a great crowd, but we brought some people and kept the ones who were there dancing and buying beer. Sunday morning I received an email from "Bob", saying he was "resigning from the band", had cancelled all our scheduled gigs, and had taken down our Facebook page. He didn't say why, and nothing in particular happened at the gig that I remember. A short time later I got a text from the other guitar player asking if I wanted to find a replacement for Bob and keep the band going. I honestly don't think I do, but I told him I would think about it. Replacing Bob would require filling all three roles - lead singer, bass player, and gig getter, so we would have to figure that out. Doubtful we could find someone to fill all three roles well, but you never know. I would like to keep it to a four piece, and I honestly have not had good experiences with lead singers who do not play an instrument. Then we would have to get the new person/people up to speed and I am a little tired of the weekly rehearsals we usually had. I had actually been contemplating my future with the band the last couple of months but had not made up my mind what to do. The band played the type of music I generally like, and we got along pretty with with one another. My main issue was that as a group we were not as tight as I would like us to be. The vocals were actually pretty good (Bob was a good lead singer and sang most of the songs and we did harmonies where appropriate). We could pull off the solos and other key parts of the songs we were covering and could generally get pretty close to the recorded versions (not that this is everyone's cup of tea, but the crowd liked it). It's just that on a lot of songs we sounded just a bit disjointed, like the drums, bass, and guitars are not exactly on the beat together. They other guys didn't really hear it though, and I don't think most of our audience would consciously notice, but my wife has commented that something just isn't quite right. I have been in other bands that were less flashy and had weaker vocals, but had our timing down much better. Bottom line is that while I don't want to throw away three years of time with the other 2 guys in the band and not revamp this band, I feel like it is time to move on. Maybe go in a different direction, maybe more of an acoustic or "unplugged" type of group, something that plays more family type events. I am not thrilled with playing in smokey bars and clubs until midnight or later any more. Maybe take some jazz lessons and focus on solo jazz tunes. Maybe get more involved in the music ministry at my church. Thanks for listening (well, reading). Not really looking for advice here, just a bit of a rant. If you have gone through a similar experience and would like to share, please do, all thoughts, comments, and smart remarks are welcome.