Originally Posted by vivfox
It pains me to read this thread. Oh how the mighty have fallen. At the same time Rick is on this tour, his former band mates are performing to thousands of fans in the far east.
Rick never makes any excuse for being a working musician, he goes where the work is to support his family/lifestyle. The reason he moved from Maui was because there just wasn't enough work to support him.
Although he's a brilliant guitarist, he's usually just a guitarist in a band, not the name in lights.
Plus, touring with a tribute band is no different to touring with MFBB (which was pretty much a tribute band).