Especially us "older folks".Schlepping gear, getting home at 3am, Sometimes smelling like an ashtray, dealing with belligerent drunk people etc etc Why do YOU do it? I'll tell you the reasons I personally do it. I love the feeling of being in a tight band and the crowd is loving it, I get high like I'm on some drug. I also enjoy that I have a built in groupie. My fiance is the lead singer (Hell we've gone out for quickies between sets before ). The money is a way distant 3rd because we don't earn enough of that for it to really matter. More principle than anything for us. I've easily dumped 20k just the past couple years in this endeavor and probably close to 100k since I started. When I wake up on Saturday or Sunday close to noonish and I feel like I've been batted around in a giant pinball machine I wonder why I do it until the shower and coffee are done and then it's "When's the next one"? So what say you? Are you making a living doing it? Do you feel similar to how I feel about the adrenaline rush? Maybe you just like jamming with other people or something entirely different?