Scenario 1. You perform a gig. The Place is packed. 80 Or so people. You see some regulars showing up. You’re playing for $40 and a few beer. The place is rocking. Its hard to actually get a beer in less than 20 mins. The wait staff are busy! You’e friggen thirsty. Singing and playing your lungs out. Sweat pouting down your face all thru of the gig. You’ve had 2 maybe 3 beer all night. Gig is over. 3 sets. 3-4 hours. Do you tip the wait staff $5? Scenario 2. You play for free. You get a free a menu item and a few beer as payment. Singing & playing your a s s off for 3-4 hours. Hard to get a beer. Staff are busy looking after paying patrons. You need a shower. Eyes stinging from sweat all night. You’re friggen thirsty. All night you had 2 beer. 10-20 mins to actually get a beer. Skipped ordering any meal. Too busy dealing with your gear between sets. Gig ends. Do you tip the wait staff $5? It ain’t about the money. A $5 tip per band member is not an issue. You’re in the band? You’re not forking out cash to the establishment. You’re taking income away. Keep playing boys! The beer keeps flowing to the paying patrons.