I should note that VikingGuitar gets a free pass since
A. We only do one show a year, so it doesn't take up much time
B. They're some of my best friends, so just being on stage with them is enjoyable
C. I get into MAGfest for free, which I'd be going to anyway. Hey - at least I'm honest.
D. It's the one time each year I have a four-day long erection.
E. The amount of talent in the band is unparalleled.
Nice of you to say!
Honestly, I hate playing in bands. Sorry to say this, but in my experience, a lot of musicians have some crippling aspect that makes it very difficult to do anything productive. Either drug addiction, personality disorders, general unreliability or lack of drive, etc. The logistic of finding two to four other people that:
a ) live nearby;
b ) know how to play their instrument;
c ) have compatible schedules;
d ) like the same type of music;
e ) have money to maintain gear;
f ) have similar musical goals;
g ) don't do too much drugs/alcohol; and
h ) get along with you
...is just too much. Sometimes it works, and that's great. But more often than not, you end up tolerating a few of those categories being way under-par because the others are in place. That can quickly turn a band situation into being an obligation that no one enjoys.
Honestly, Viking Guitar Live is the only band I've ever been in where things feel right. I attribute it to the fact that I was able to pick musicians from across the whole country instead of within driving distance.
Similar to what Travis said, I've had a lot more feeling of personal growth and enjoyment from home recording than I do from almost any band I've been in.