Like a lot of young dummies, such as myself, who pictured himself in front of 50,000 adoring fans, wild women, wild parties, fame and fortune, none of it ever materialized. I didn't make the cut. Looking back, I don't regret that for a minute. Nearly everything bad, and I'm talking big time touring bands, seemed to happen to so many of them many of them to some degree. Major screw overs by the industry, infighting, internal politics, drug and alcohol addictions, even deaths and suicides because of band related issues (many drug and alcohol related). Then there's this old saying, "one day you're in a limo, and the next day you can't pay for a cab", the high life comes to and abrupt end. For one reason or another. I know this doesn't apply to all "big bands". But it does apply to many. A lot get out alive, their self-esteem intact, and a bank vault full of cash, and a lot wiser for it all, and some still eek out a living playing in front of fewer than a thousand people instead of 30,000 folks at county fairs, etc. I'm not speaking from experience, obviously. Mostly bio's, news, books, magazines internet etc, is where I'm getting my info from. And I've read way too many of the same stories, just the bands names are different. And that the music industry can be brutal. I'm glad I didn't "make the cut". Small clubs for gas money and free beer, would suit me just fine.