It did not take us long to realize that the "Rock Band" circuit is hittin' our bars and clubs like nobody's business...it's the new karaoke. Let me explain. A while back, we pulled up to a club on a cold, snowy evening, and went down stairs to the old-timey basement pool hall turned rock venue. It was a perfect getaway from the cold, and what once bore witness to the pool hustling shenanigans of guys like Fast Eddie, was now more reminiscent of a frat house hang out. Among the few remaining pool tables were a plethora of couches, a stage, and a gigantic big screen TV, that was on this day hosting a happy hour Rock Band tournament. I walked up to the bartender, introduced myself, and informed him that I was in one of the bands. He pointed to a guy on a couch holding a plastic guitar, and he said I should speak to him. Confused as to why the club manager would be playing video games at a time like this, I asked if we could just go ahead and load in our gear. His response to that? "Oh, you're in a REAL band!"So, inevitably, we later found ourselves in a late night "jam session" at Al's house in Connecticut (thanks Al). This game had been in our faces for weeks, and now it was our turn to virtually rock the house. Our band has never sounded worse.