How important do you think the "image" you project in a band is? In other words, even tho you can play the heck out of your instrument, or sing well you're not taken seriously or considered for a position in the band because of the way you look, dress, or present yourself? Case in point-I'm 56 years old and by what other players tell me, am a really good guitarist. Bad thing is I'm grey headed, wear glasses, and am starting to get that beer gut. Lately, I've been passed over for the lead player's spot in a few of the local bands, and maybe it's because I ain't got the rock star look that everyone wants. Don't you think the same is true in shows like American Idol, and The Voice? talented, yes, but he/she doesn't look marketable. I've noticed that on American Idol when a contestant gets to the finals, the show has changed the contestants looks, hairstyle or their image to make them more marketable. How much work are the aging rock stars having to do to keep up their appearance? I mean a wig or hair extentions can only go so far. I remember reading a quote from an older rock star-"the entertainment game is for the young". What do you think?