This is where I was a couple years ago, and still am. I had a good run of almost 50 years of gigging in bands, and while it was mostly fun and rewarding, I also encountered just about every negative aspect related by y'all in that time. For a long time, it was still worth it."Yeah...we could do that. We'd be good and it would be fun. Then it would start to go downhill. We'd lose a member or 2 and we'd have a hard time replacing them. People would get on each other's nerves and it would start to suck. Then it would fizzle. I just don't have it in me to get started. No thanks."
But not anymore. Don't regret for one minute any of it, and enjoyed the hell out of most of it. But eventually, there's not enough fun left in it to put up with the inevitable hassles.