I gotta agree with this, but from a fake-bass-player stand-point. Where I live, most musicians are in 3 other bands (too busy) and/or suck (not implying I'm fantastic by any stretch - just an observation) and/or are annoying to deal with. So, I recorded the bass tracks myself for our album (normal guitar/vox duties) and use those bass tracks as backing tracks live. Not only do I know exactly what I'm getting live, but there is way more room on stage and no bitchy bass player to deal with. Sure, having Dominic "Forest" Lapointe in my band would be great, but impossible. Having someone that is awesome and doesn't bitch and complain about jamming/shows/etc/etc would be great too. Not around here. I don't miss the extra human being. Less ppl and less headaches and just as much fun, if not more, due to reasons mentioned? yup.