I appreciate your posts, as clearly written from experience.So people flew Aronoff in to play on one song. Where did he mention 'private jets'?
I've been doing this for 40+ years. Those occasions are very much the exception. As I say, despite a large number of great studio drummers in the UK and Europe, Mark Knopfler flew Porcaro in for the last Dire Straits album. It wasn't in a private jet and it wasn't for one song.
Apart from Covid, which has been a bolt out f the blue for everyone, most music industry changes have been more gradual. the switch from real playing to programmed software, the closure of many commercial studios and the refocussing on personal studios. The sad loss of income from recording to music piracy then low cost streaming.
If you find yourself out of time, it's because you are not paying attention. I must admit I missed the move to get in a band and stick with it at all costs. Until Covid this was the most important development of the last 20 years, as it was the only way to make consistent money.
Most successful freelancers have joined a paying band and stuck with it over a long time. Aronoff with John Fogerty for example.
What happens next (like 2022/2023) I don't think anyone knows yet.
What happens next?
Focusing on festivals. I heard that this is where artists got the most percentage of earn. When covid ends I expect we should see a revival and spike on demands for live music festivals.