Re: Band issue... your thoughts?
What is more important: Musical fulfillment, or hanging out with these friends in a band? Either is a good enough reason.
It's not an all-or-nothing choice. You can still have these people as friends even if you're not in a band together, provided they are mature enough for that. You will have to develop the ability to enter and leave bands - whether you leave by choice or are kicked out - if you want to play with others.
You need to discover yourself musically (likely several times in your lifetime) and playing with more people is essential to that. Leave this band and find some other people to play with. You have a good heart that is devoted to music and a pile of gear that your parents got you. Someone out there wants to be in a band with someone like you. You just have to go out and find them.