As a frequent observer on recording org and a musician for over 30 years I have seen and heard a bit in my time, I have opened shows for major acts and have recorded and played with some. I usually don’t do or say things like I am about too , but..... I just returned from a show where my son opened for a so called "National Touring Act", I will not mention the name of the band, (for the sake of their embarrassment), they were an emo-punk band signed with Victory records. I almost feel sorry for them in a way. Anyway, what I want to be on record saying is: The lowering of the threshold of talent in today’s music is ridiculous Some of you may say “you are too old”.... well to you I say read whats on my button on the left, I am open to all types of music, I can recognize talent when I hear it or see it ...and this group of young guys had very little... Yes they arrived in a big expensive touring bus; they had mesa boogie amps, stagehands, and groupies but that’s about all they had. Any local beginner with a few years of practice could match this group, a year on your guitar, and a couple of chords later, singing not necessary. Just yell and scream presto… you are a. Rock Star All I can say is, being brought up on the likes of "Steely Dan", "The Allman Brothers", Jazz, Blues, Rock and such, if today’s "young skulls of mush" are going to be subjected to this very low talent, where anyone can be a star after a year on your instrument I think it will take a long time for the standard to be brought back up to at least “ a respectable level”.