Re: Why is it so hard...
The question to me isn't why its so hard, but damn how did I ever find people to form a great band.
You need a group of people that all getting along on a personal level, then you need the same people to get along on a musical level (maturity is almost always required here). Then you can start to play music, but for it to be good you need to also balance ego, to much rips a band apart, and too little leaves you boring.
Then of course there is everything else in the world stopping you. I had an incredible band awhile back that could have gone somewhere but the other guys graduated and left town :(
Also it is always easier to find people to play covers than originals, you remove the problem of also needing a great songwriter and the disagreements on arranging, plus the musos who do covers are more mature than the pure original crowd.
I'm the Enchanting Wizard of Rhythm, here to show you the rhythms of the universe - Beck