We read here all of the time and many of us see that original bands seem to almost make nothing from gigging. They share the bill with 4 or 5 other bands and really seem to just do it for fun or a future dream they have held on to. With all of the talented people here surely some have broken thru and had financial success doing originals ? In the old days bands like The James Gang, The Glass Harp and The Raspberries all played covers and after establishing a following they slowly worked in originals. That formula worked for the very talented bands. I don't understand why that approach wouldn't still be the ticket. What is your original high water mark ? What approach are you taking ? Do you even care if you have any "popular" success ? What is the most you've ever been paid for doing a set or night of strictly originals ?