Well, I wasn't quite old enough to have enjoyed such times around live music in the 70s. I was 6 in '77, and an Elvis man! Loved the Beach Boys and beach music. Cheap Trick, Aldo Nova. . .at age 7/8. My mom bought about 100 8-tracks from a co-worker. . .Kiss Dynasty, and the afore mentioned bands. I was definitely effected by great music at an early age.I come from a time (late 60's/70's/80's) when there were GREAT AM and FM stations. On the weekends you might get a couple full albums played without commercial interruption and then an interview with the artist. The good AM stations would be blasting Motown, Roy Orbison, Lulu and the Righteous Brothers! We didn't stare at phones or computer screens. We were outside on nice days and at jams or house parties at night. There were a ton of bands, good and not so good, many that gigged pretty much WED thru SUN. Guitarists would actually plug straight into an amp or maybe have a wah wah, phase shifter or fuzz tone pedal.
There were no clik tracks. Good drummers were in demand for their ability to groove and project a solid rock/soul sound. The Marshall stacks actually had speakers in them and the Acoustic bass amps had prestige because people figured you had to be good to be willing drag one of those monsters around. Bands had their own PA's, soundman, roadies because the gigs were one nighters unless you were really lucky to have a house gig in one of the reputable rock clubs in one of the big cities. You haven't lived until you muscled a couple of Altec Voice of Theaters up a couple flights of stairs! LOL Gosh those were fun times. The club/concert scene for the really good bands, that I played in, ran from Detroit to Toronto to Cleveland to Pittsburgh to NY. You had to be ready for a call at anytime to either do a club, a festival, or open for a national act. Not to mention all the college gigs.
While I admire all the gear, 'net accessible lessons, videos and technology that today's drummers have access to, I wouldn't trade those times for anything.
I've been wondering about this recently. As the pandemic wrecks the lives of the pro musicians out there, are the hobbyists that kept their day jobs because they can work from home - computer nerds mostly - in a position to do a power grab on the music scene? I mean as soon as the phases of quarantine end, remote-while-covid workers will then add an extra hour or two driving to and from work every day. Consequently they'll have less time to continue their music projects, and opportunities will start to open for the pros again. But still, there will be a .... disturbance, a surface flutter (or shakeup?) in the otherwise delicate music industry.As I try and get back into playing after a long hiatus I've found it a little more difficult to connect with people who can really play.
I think this part depends. Some pros are financially set. Some hobbyists are currently unemployed and getting ready to face eviction.Consider also that hobbyists will likely not have to sell their equipment to
Yo Dog! Here's the VOTs......we used to run 2 on each side of the stage w/ the horns too. LOLWell, I wasn't quite old enough to have enjoyed such times around live music in the 70s. I was 6 in '77, and an Elvis man! Loved the Beach Boys and beach music. Cheap Trick, Aldo Nova. . .at age 7/8. My mom bought about 100 8-tracks from a co-worker. . .Kiss Dynasty, and the afore mentioned bands. I was definitely effected by great music at an early age.
Anything that's called a "Voice of Theaters" can be carried by someone else, LOL. Sounds like great times though.