"You heard it, you pay it"
I would have thought by now that the RIAA would have run out of feet to shoot. But I was wrong: Recording Industry Calls Radio 'A Kind Of Piracy'. In the RIAA's shotgun approach to make listening to music illegal unless you pay for each and every instance, I'm reminded of an Albert Brooks routine. It's from his 1973 record Comedy Minus One, specifically from the completely brilliant Memoirs of an Opening Act. For full disclosure, for years my only copy of this routine was copied onto a cassette from a radio show that played random bits of comedy albums. That's right, I'm a law breaker; scourge of society; evil-doer and malcontent. Boo!
There's no building large enough now, it seems. Three Dog Night just passed a law within their group, starting in two months: they will play no more buildings of any kind. They will just play states and do 30-32 concerts a year. Stand in the middle of Kentucky and everyone pays that day.
Appearing in Kentucky, Three Dog Night!
I'm just going to Dayton.
You heard it, you pay it.
What could the ultimate of that be? They get on a jet plane in New York and fly to Los Angelos and play in the plane. Let the military promote the concert and have everyone in the country pay a dollar.
Excuse me, you two. See that plane?
Yes, we do.
Let me treat you, honey.
Here's another quote from Memoirs of an Opening Act.