Originally Posted by Dean Roddey
But, wait, these people weren't expecting anything. An offer was extended and they accepted it. You and I are generally on the same page, but I can't get your point here.
My point is simple and I've repeated it several times. Thin end of the wedge
Once you stop paying musicians because they want to be onstage with you, or because 'it's fun', then there are many more employers who would be happy not to pay musicians.
Like i said, look at late Night With Letterman, or Tonight with Jay Leno.
The exposure from being on those shows benefits the individuals, and the guests would do it for nothing, but the shows still pay them.