I loved watching the Irish showjumping team, albeit Mr Ringrose would have been way too early for me to notice.//
All of that has changed utterly in the 21st Century and bands aren't making a red cent from record sales or streaming unless they are Arianna Grande or Taylor Swift.Forbes reckon he is worth about $200 million. He's shifted over 100 million album units. That's before you even get to ongoing royalties. I know that big stadium gigs stopped being profitable for artists 30 years ago or more when it all became a bit silly and outfits like Motorhead were turning up with 11 container trucks worth of equipment.
Since the 70s gigs have always only been about keeping the band in the public consciousness whereas the real income comes from sales which used to be significant and is now a trickle from streaming but probably for the modern band it'll be things like the ability to sell stuff with the music or hit the christmas market just right or whatever.
The indie scene and the smaller avant garde music scene is probably the only place where bands need to gig in order to make a living.
Unreal talent. He was only in Dublin for a concert a few years back and had planned to buy tickets but for one reason or another never did. Those spaghetti westerns are timeless.Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who was famed for writing the simmering scores to Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, as well as the music for The Mission and Cinema Paradiso, has died aged 91.www.rte.ie
The spaghetti western music guy
I remember that and had thought of buying tickets for my son who's a big spaghetti western fan but never got around to it. Coincidentally another legendary nonagenarian Italian who was still working regularly, Franco Zeffirelli, died around this time last year. He directed a lot of operas for the Verona festival over the years. His most recent production was a brilliant version of Aida which was still running after his death last summer. I got tickets for that and it was an unforgettable experience.Unreal talent. He was only in Dublin for a concert a few years back and had planned to buy tickets but for one reason or another never did. Those spaghetti westerns are timeless.
Great photo & great rider (must look him up) and what a beautiful horse