He who will define the future must investigate the past, so I like/have made a bit of a mission for myself to go through those VH1 Behind the music videos now and then. The overwhelming repetition that I've found has obliged me to reduce the dosage:
BUILD YOUR OWN BEHIND THE MUSIC KIT
1: "Nobody had ever listened something like them before"
(Declarations of friends and relatives saying how blown away everybody was)
Option A: However, fame soon started to pay its toll
Option B (minority): Unlike many other famous musicians, fame did not affect their way of living
Tragedy will soon strike in the form of:
A: Drug overdose of a member
Repeat (go back to A)?
Relapse? Y (go back to A)/ N
B: Tragic accident
So they decided to quit
A: for a while
B: for good
Until the reunion came
"We have all matured, etc..."
There's something dark about music. Mix it with lots of money, and you have an explossive cocktail. In the pre-supercomputer days, bands went on tour to promote an album (funny fact about Queen I read in a bio: their spectacular shows costed so much that they lost money in each gig, but it didn't matter because it all paid off generously in record sales - a different world, really).
Now the records, if anything, are a presentation card that you give away for nothing or almost nothing, to spread the name and hopefully get people interested in your shows.
An obvious consequence of that change in the model is that the cash ceiling that a musician can make has dropped, because jobs that oblige you to be there pay less than those on which you set a money making machine (the physical record as it was on its physical shelve) and then go to Malibu or whatever.
In any case, the good part is that, now that there's less money on the table for musicians, hopefully their life expectancies will rise. :)
As another funny fact, trying to get some rest from VH1's sameness, I found this documentary about Kaz Morimoto, the composer of the first Nintendo's games music (yeah, I was also attracted by the "Japanese connection", looking for some clues on Lean, too... I'm sure if Toyota decided to make videogames they would be awesome). Well guess what he used to cope with the pressure at one point... alcohol and drugs! (The documentary is a bit crappy but I found it very entertaining and informative).
It's been said that one tragic thing that repeats enough ends up becoming comic. But like I always say, I see a pattern here. Music is something we only partially understand, and there is a dark side to it. Enter at your own risk.