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February 2017 Retro Gaming Article

February 4, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Black Sabbath's final show and why legendary bands will not likely rise again

Black Sabbath's final show
Bands today are assembled by greedy companies seeking financial gain. Seemingly gone are the days in which a group of talented musicians can take the world by storm.
Black Sabbath began in 1968 and released their final studio album, 13, in 2013. February 4th, 2017 was the final show of their The End tour, marking five decades of Black Sabbath! Bands with this longevity are rare - Judas Priest and Van Halen come to mind along with other veterans of rock 'n roll and metal.

An Ozzy Ozbourne quote from Ultimate Classic Rock:
"One of the proudest things I have in my heart is the fact that Black Sabbath wasn't a band that was created by some big mogul. It was four guys who said let's have a dream, and it came true beyond our wildest expectations."

Today's musical landscape is so different and we've watched it change over the decades. Amazing bands continue to come onto the scene, but their endurance is nowhere near what we see in bands like Black Sabbath. They come and go quite quickly. Success like Sabbath's may be an anomaly rather than the standard, but how many new artists today even play an instrument?

Corporate Greed Destroys

We seem inundated with soloists and bands who's primary qualification is a large Instagram following.

So many of today's alleged "stars" are former actors, models, and folks who've proven they can attract an audience. This is similar to the movie and video game industries that rely heavily on sequels and remakes because they are proven money-makers. Creativity is sacrificed for financial gain by these companies.

Money has ruined the music industry via corporate greed and an economic climate that does not allow survival without a good paying job - not just a job, but one that pays well.

I love music and discovering a cool new band. I can only hope the business models that rule the music industry will find a way to pay the bands that are daring enough to be original & create lasting music. Those are the artists that should be revered as an investment!

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