It's all a matter of perspective Geo.
Yes, I could bring 'real' drums for the gig, but frankly, I don't want to haul all that gear, and spend the time to set it up, place the mics, tune the drums, only to have to tear it all down and haul it back home. I purchased the Zendrum (in part) to replace my drum kit for gigs such as this. In addition, we are playing rock cover tunes from the 60's to the 90's and I want my Zendrum to sound like a professional mic'd acoustic drum kit. Given that objective, I much prefer the sounds of sampled drums to that of the Roland modules. Not to say that I get to stand out front and sing a few tunes in addition to wandering among the audience while playing my 'drums'. A 'real' kit would not allow that.
Do you think the majority of V-drummers out there are playing Vdrums because they want that 'V-drum' sound? No, they are trying to mimic some kind of acoustic kit but they want the other advantages that come with owning a set of Vdrums or they want the ease and convenience of playing through a module. Yet Vdrums are not 'real' drums. Geo, I know that the Zendrum is not a real set of drums, that's not this issue here. The real beauty is that I can mimic the sound of real acoustic drums if I choose to.
If I were playing in a band where we were going for an original, experimental, new age, and/or industrial sound, then I can choose any number of sound sources and not be limited to something like Addictive Drums. But in this case, creating a more realistic mic'd acoustic drum sound is what is desired (for this gig). But maybe the next music project will call for more creative and non-traditional sounds. That's the beauty of the Zendrum...isn't it? The freedom to do what is desired or called for?
No offense, but I'm a little baffled myself by your response...being that you are an Administrator and long time Zendrum enthusiast.