I've played in many bands from 1967 to 1995 and, since the late 90's, have been a gun for hire. Bands, IMO, are safe when there's no soap opera. Things will go downhill when drama comes in. I do love playing with others and I'm fine with playing with those more accomplished than me. My ego is somewhat on a leash. When the, "why are you here"? thing is said, I'm gone. Honesty, talent and companionship are key. A band is special when music is the priority.