Call'em 'ancient' if you want but there's a reason that all of the top 10-concert bands of the last 15-years got their start before the 80's. It's because they were stage bands, they made their reputations and built their fan base performing live, putting on a show. Old, sure. Too old, never.
I think it's true in part that the top 10 concert bands are in the top 10 because they were stage bands. However, I suspect it's also because the bands who got their starts before the 80s are the bands of the people with the disposable income and the nostalgic desire to spend $100 or $200 or more to relive their youth.
It's sad Rick. A lot of genuine talent has emerged over the past decade or two only to disappear into obscurity. The trade rag for the concert industry (whose name escapes me at the moment) suggests it's because the new talent are studio artists who never learned to connect with their fans through a first-rate stage performance. We see them every Saturday night on SNL, hopping about singing their two songs and - poof - gone. When you ask "whatever happened to" it should be about a band or an artist you remember from 20 years back, not a bunch you were aware of briefly just a few years ago.
And I don't know about you but my kids and their friends were never short enough money to go to every concert they could be bothered to attend.
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