This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
As a group, they were paid $10,000 for three shows and they probably felt like millionaires back in 1964. It beat the shit out of life in Liverpool.
Bruno Mars didn’t get a dime for his Super Bowl performance but the NFL made nearly $100-million during the time Bruno was on stage.
I’m not a religious person….call me an ex-Catholic, but I will quote the son of God who said, “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
I hope he’s right.
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones didn’t see music as a get-rich-quick scheme and likely had backup plans for the days when they’d have to give up rock and roll and get day jobs. From what I’ve read, they didn’t envision private jets and earning millions and millions more when they were 50, 60 or 70.
And, if you had told John Lennon back in 1967 that someday CEOs of major corporations would be paid $20-million a year…and receive, let’s say, 5-mill when they were terminated…..five….million…dollars…for being let go, he would have said, “Are you fucking mad?”
One rant, several tangents. Oh well. That’s me. Guilty as charged.
Dire Straits had a huge hit with “Money for Nothing.” Guitarist extraordinaire and frontman Mark Knopfler was in an appliance store when he saw delivery guys watching MTV on a TV set in the shop. “That’s the way you do it, play the guitar on the MTV…money for nothing and your chicks for free.”
At least Knopfler, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger have enriched our lives with songs we want to hear over and over.
A bank CEO has more money than God because he’s gotten rich from encouraging people to spend more cash than they have or could ever hope to repay.
Buy a house you can’t afford, I get the interest and maybe I’ll bet on your failure and make even more money!
Eye of of a needle, my friend. Eye of a needle.