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I haven't played out regularly since the mid 90's. I started back in the late 70's. During that time, Before DJ's (and rap) became popular you could make a living playing covers in a small market like San Diego. I was in 2 bands at that time....1 playing 4-45 minute sets of Top 40 in the clubs (usually pulling 300-400 people on the weekends maybe half that during the week with ages between 25-40 years old), and a Hard Rock/Metal band playing the military bases that are nearby (captive audience!! most marines and sailors live on the base and frequent the enlisted clubs every night. ages 18-25). All that started changing in the mid to late 80's when club owners started hiring DJ's and making the bands pay-to-play. DJs work cheap..so basically nowadays there is no live cover band scene here anymore. it's sad and angers many of us. The Rap crap has destroyed any chance to make any money playing rock music in my area. Basically if you've got a band you either play 1 maybe 2, 30 minute sets of covers for next to nothing or you play originals for free.
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