I was hanging with a few guys from other bands on Friday night and they were bitching about a band of 21 year olds that are playing for free beer.
They bring a decent crowd of friends too so usually the bars that are hiring them are making out on the deal. I have talked to the guitar player of this "Playing for Beer band" and the kid didn't understand where I was coming from just as much as I didn't understand why he didn't want to get free beer, play music AND be paid for it.
He would just reply, "I just want to play man..."
I did tell the guys bitching, don't worry too much about them. They can't be EVERYWHERE at once and they aren't amazing by any stretch. It is what it is...
Now if 10 bands in our area are playing for free beer then we have a problem.