You don't realize that you are describing the early days of just about every legendary guitarist mentioned in this thread? You really think a young John Lennon was paid ten thousand dollars when he played this gig: Or how about when he and his buddies were playing this dive pictured below...what do you think he earned? Fifty thousand dollars and an all expenses paid room at The Ritz including limo ride to and from club? I know what you are trying to say in your post how you admire the guys who sweat it out day and night giving 105% simply for love of music, but you are really being condescending to the big stars and completely forgetting the fact that they started out playing dive bars giving 105% simply for love of music. You really think the legendary guitarists we all listed here started out playing Madison Square Garden as their first gig?