They are definitely making decent money. Livable, comfortable, anyway. Bands doing way less good are doing ok. Are we talkin’ rockstar ok or regular person ok? Rockstardom is not your everyday middle class aspiration.. let’s please not make it such..
But can’t there be a middle groung between mountains of cocaine, and getting paid a reasonable amount for something that actually does have demand?
I think there’s an important distinction to be made between garage band that nobody cares about and band that’s popular and has created a demand for what it does.
It may be the case that recordings are free from this point on- but i think toth brings up a valid point about bands competing each other out of money.
I personally think headlining bands need to pay opening bands more, and opening bands need to stop playing for free or dirt cheap