Covid 19 really fucked up a lot of things financially for many of us. Many artists are suffering from lack of album sales, illegal downloading as well as streaming services becoming the new format.
Entertainers are now selling their million dollar homes for standard 1 story 3 bedroom houses and trading in their Italian sports cars for used sedans and clunker pick up trucks.
“I am really going to miss my housekeeper,” said by a well known drummer who had to decide on keeping his maid or getting a new swimming pool installed, some years ago.
Now having to move from his Beverly Hills estate to a suburb in Reseda, Ca. “Well at least my neighbor has a pool, so I made friends with the guy,” he states with a sigh.
Some have even relocated to the lesser type locations such as Arizona and Nevada to save money. It’s a down grade in ways, but also a dead end when the money runs out either way.
From touring in a bus to driving a van with a U-Haul trailer, successful rock bands struggle again like the early days. From headlining arenas to now opening for younger bands in the club setting is a real eye opener for these older veteran bands.
“We decided on having a tip jar in the arenas before we were forced to settle for the clubs. It’s embarrassing, but it helps!” Relying on the tip jar in the front of the stage where the more wealthier crowd can reach was a decent idea.
Selling a few items from the merch booth, musicians are struggling and eating ramen instead of classy catering.
“We went home with unappealing women so we can have a meal and a place to sleep for the night,” Says the lead singer who is ashamed, because he feels like how the bass player felt for all those years being stuck with the ugly fat girl.
“One even reminded me of the ugly lunch lady back in school,” It saves on hotels and not having to eat the ill advised gas station burritos that give you the shits on the road between venues.
“We set up a go fund me page!” Some artists moved back in with their folks and some are working shitty day jobs to pay their bills. Some musicians had to reluctantly cut their hair for minimum wage retailers and fast food joints.
“Maybe one day there will be hope and we can live the high life again.” and “Don’t these people realize that we are stars? WTF!” a guitarist of one group says about his employer, who is not familiar with his stardom status.
The struggle continues. Maybe 2021 will bring a new dawn to the harsh realities of a once celebrated culture to rise back to the top of the mountain. Not, syke! Thanks to all the posers and casual listeners for their lack of supporting real music.