It's happening again. I'm looking into joining a band that gigs but insists on having weekly rehearsals. I'm just astonished by this. Please, before you respond, fight the knee-jerk reaction to state all the reasons one should rehearse weekly, even though you're gigging, and consider the following: 1) The band has arrived at a set sit and has distributed audio copies of all the songs with any key changes or variations done on the audio tracks. Very professional. 2) It is a fact that, when you're playing cover tunes, the band will always sound better when they rehearse to the original recordings. The original recordings don't change, get sloppy, or lazy. And this band LOVES the songs "as recorded." Why not rehearse with the original players on the original recordings before a gig? Then everyone will be playing the right parts! We're all accomplished players with a pro level delivery here. 3) I have subbed and auditioned for countless bands who haven't listened to the original recordings in years and the songs they're playing are barely recognizable and have become completely homogenized into all the other songs that all sound like the cover band, not anything like the original. All the magic of what made those songs great gets diluted out of the performance because everyone forgets to incule those special, subtle parts that make it individual. 4) Whenever I consider an audition or subbing gig, I ask immediately, "do you play the songs 'as recorded' or do you play it 'your own way?' If they play it "they're own way," I'm out unless they supply recordings of themselves doing it their own way. Sure, there are all sorts of reasons for a different types of bands to rehearse, but I just can't see more than once a month for a gigging cover band whose goal is to play covers very well and retain the vibe of the original songs. For the reasons listed above, excessive rehearsal actually hurts the band over time. What am I missing here?