So, short version: Always been a hobby player. Got into acoustic folky stuff years ago, pretty much put away my electrics, didn't own a pick but had three capos. Have played maybe 6 gigs total in my life, either in "pay to play" bands or supporting a singer-songwriter. Bought a fixer house 2.5 years ago - nightmare & money pit, destroyed all hobbies and free time until now. Did not pick up any guitars during that time. Finally found some free time! Joined the local music school's "band camp" ZZ Top tribute. Turns out we have a gig at the Elks Club in town, big (for me) stage, Saturday night, 150+ people possibly at the end of June. The other band members are all much fresher than I am, as in, so far it's been me slowing down the rehearsals. My soloing truly stinks, my timing is hit and miss, you name it. I'm one of two guitarists, doing at least some of the singing, and the only one who has ever picked up a slide. Anyhow, they're not going to kick me out and I have time to practice, it's a short set, and ZZ tunes are not super-duper hard, and the audience is always really friendly for these "band camp" gigs. I have the gear. I'm not exactly worried, but... If you guys have practice tips or advice I would love to hear it. Stage fright etc. is not my issue. It's really just counting out the LONG solos, timing, and so on. 9 more rehearsals is what we got. Feeling very rusty and not as with-it as I had hoped. But having a blast for sure.