My minimal live experience? Excuse me while I laugh.
"Thread after thread"? All 2 that we've shared, Bob?
I don't understand why you get so defensive. I've said nothing that attacks you. I only stated that you shouldn't make remarks like "I've written more songs than you" when you know nothing about me. It is an assumption, and may not be a fact.
Also, I am not close minded about the cover thing. I believe I stated that many cover bands I see have outstanding musicians in them. Some of the best musicians I've ever known are in cover bands. However, that does not make them an artist. Create something original....then you are an artist.
That being said...you just said enough to end this, as you simply don't have any idea who I am, and what my experience is. Although I've been out of the game for awhile, I am (was) a "recording artist" with contracts under a major label. I've played in front of more people than can be counted, thousands at a time, and as many as 18,000 at at time.
Without dropping names (because it's just tacky), it's safe to say that I've been around the block, buddy. Sell a few (or a few hundred thousand) albums, then we can talk.
So, in respect to cover bands, I'd say I'm sorry that the truth upsets you...
...but I'm not.
BTW...most people expect to hear covers played like the original recording. A cover band will be judged how good they are by this.