Its been nearly a year since I left my last originals band. Since 2005 I've been playing in rock bands live til then and I've achieved a lot in terms of releasing stuff on iTunes, touring the UK and even being on TV/radio/magazines. I love performing and rocking out.
Since then I've been more focused on my guitar tuition and its bringing in decent money although a lot of evenings are dedicated towards lessons. I keep Friday/Saturday free for the gigs.
I'm also involved with a local band who I've been friends with for ages as a guitar tech/backline guy, and occasionally I do the odd dep show. I enjoy the live environment and meeting other bands, etc etc. This is a slightly weird role as its more of a backseat member, I literally show up and play if required or if not, just help set up the rigs and make sure they're sounding ok without all the responsibilities and duties of being a full-time member. Its rather strange but I am enjoying it as its a different role, and I get on with all the guys really well. We all do social stuff together, which is something I haven't done in previous bands. I also sit in at songwriting sessions and offer my opinions, which is really cool.
I haven't played a gig on guitar for a year now (the main gigs I get are as a bass dep which I don't mind but always hanker to play guitar on stage again). With all the drama and politics that can sometimes go on in bands that I hate (was the reason why I left my recent band), I'm rather put off by joining another band again or even starting a new one from scratch. If I form a new one (which I've done with the last 3 originals bands I was in) it takes time to build up the setlist, get tight and build a fanbase. I'm on the wrong side of 30 now and life priorities have changed slightly. Earning money is no.1 priority, which unfortunately originals bands don't do much unless you're Oasis or the Arctic Monkeys. If I was 21 it wouldn't be so much of an issue so many bands I know are caning the touring and late nights on 3 hours sleep, rocking up in new cities everyday and rinsing the show at night.
Sorry for the long post but has anyone else reached that stage where they just know their days of performing live are over? Maybe I'm just lacking inspiration or something as I'm kinda going through a weird phase in my life. Are you still involved in music even though you don't play in a band? Its all I ever wanted to do and luckily I've done it (and still kinda doing it in some respects).