Thing is, so many young people want to see big established bands from day one. In my early gigging days, the only bands I saw were cat.2 type bands - Genesis, Gentle Giant, Ground Hogs, Pato, Wishbone Ash, Kevin Ayres, Vinegar Joe, Cochise, Hawkwind............ It was when I started working full time (after college), that I could afford to see bigger names. As you say, there's not the individual freedom allowed with modern bands these days, which limits how much they can experiment, or get to nail their own style. Bands just can't shift enough hard copies of their albums these day, to finance studio/writing time.