So this Saturday night I have a gig with the Metallica tribute band I'm involved with and the venue (bar) owner wants us to play our entire 3.5 hour set with no breaks. In my 25 years of doing this I've never played that length of time without at least one breather. We politely objected to this, stating that for sets that long, especially for the genre of music we're playing and the smallish nature of the venue, the audience needs a break once in a while as much as the band does. We agreed that we'd put a couple of minutes of BS time as well as a minimally intrusive bass solo in between the sets. Any of you have any marathon gigs like this? How did you get through it? I'm planning on a LOT of Gatorade and stretching between songs. I'm 40 and not as spry as I used to be obviously so it's going to take some kind of toll.