I've been in a cover band for the last year and a half. We have been doing well by most measures, progressing to better and better paying gigs and getting great responses from crowds. We have only been gigging 2-3 times per month, so it's just a side thing that has been putting a little extra money in my pocket. Here's my situation: I'm the lead guitar player, and by all accounts, my playing is some of the best of any of the cover bands in our metro area (not a major city, haha). However, I still have not been able to loosen up on stage as much as I would like - I'm a natural introvert. Thankfully, our front-man is extremely charismatic (when I mentioned that we get a great response, he is 90% of what generates that). He IS the band, as I've said, and he could do this and be successful with any group of people. But by this point, I was hoping that I would have gained enough confidence to at least be loose and natural on stage - while I know it's not as bad as I see it, I feel like I must be sticking out like a sore thumb compared to the other guys in the band. At this point, due to the anxiety I feel on stage, most of the shows are completely draining for me - and frankly I view them as more negative than positive experiences. But then there are those shows that feel more free and natural, and I end up enjoying myself and being thankful that I didn't quit the band. I feel like I want to hold out for a little longer to see if I'm able to get more comfortable up there on a regular basis, because if I quit, there's no going back. Are any of you in this situation, or were you at some point? How did you deal with it?