Joe Elliott reckons the kids get a tough break these days, what with the way the industry is:
"Contracts nowadays, record labels, what's left of 'em, are trying to actually get parts of a band's merchandise when they tour. It's like, how dare you! It's two separate things! You know, I just can't see Roger Waters willingly giving up 20 percent of his T-shirts. Luckily we aren't in that kind of bag. I just feel bad for the new bands. I mean, there's the odd artist that can sell records these days. But most people, if they don't have a second record make profit, they don't make a third record."
Yes. Of course, it doesn't help that a lot of the room for bright young things is clogged up with relics that even Car Booty would find hard to discover any value in, like, ooh, Def Leppard, say.