The hardest time in history to be a musician as a career.
(1) Music sales revenue are only 60% what they were in the 80s
Companies like Gibson, Guitar Center and other music companies are in deep debt or even bankruptcy reorganization.
Electric guitar sales are down 40% compared to 30 years ago alone.
A musician or actor can be on a hit show -or- have a platinum record today and still be unknown to 95% of the general public.
Far different than back in the days of Hendrix, Beatles, Zeppelin, etc..
Great guitar + great singer + great drummer + bass + clean production, etc..etc...
to add insult to injury, nowadays, even the winners of AMERICAN IDOL, the Voice, and Rising Star (cancelled after one season LOL) are almost dead-on-arrival after "winning it all"...people just don't care like they used to. That said, thank God for the older generations of people (40 and up) and ALL ages overseas: THEY still go to concerts and actually buy cds (in Japan and Germany, CDS STILL SELL VERY WELL). It is heartening yet sad to see classic bands come to town- they are usually relegated to small clubs and theaters and almost no young (under 30) people are there.