Os quarenta anos de atividade lhe ensinaram como nasce, cresce e, eventualmente, morre uma banda de rock.
O trecho abaixo foi retirado de um depoimento publicado na revista Vanity Fair.
Robinson trabalha atualmente em suas memórias.
"Here comes success . . . Here comes my Chinese rug,” Iggy Pop sang in “Success,” one of my all-time favorite songs. I’d seen so many bands go through the stages from struggle to success, and the pattern was usually the same. In Stage One, they were young. They were sexy. They had nothing to lose. They wore some version of their everyday clothes onstage. It took two weeks to make an album. Then came attention (if it came) and some success. In Stage Two, a band moved from a van to a tour bus, or to coach seats on flights from city to city. If they got really big, edging toward Stage Three, it was more “cost-effective” for them to charter their own plane. The rationale was they could fit 12 people on a private jet for the same price as 12 first-class tickets. Sort of. Plus, they weren’t hassled in airports. Each band member had a bodyguard. The band had large dressing rooms backstage. In arenas, there were private dressing rooms with even more private inner dressing rooms, with security guards standing outside the doors. There were extra rooms off the backstage hallways to house the trunks with the band’s traveling stage wardrobe. Their production team had an office backstage. There was a greenroom with food and wine for their guests. It took around six months to make an album. And then full-fledged Stage Three or maybe Stage Four of all this was the move to stadiums. More of their fans could be accommodated. It supposedly thwarted the ticket scalpers (except it didn’t). The band had a stylist who oversaw its onstage costumes. And, finally, the band made crazy money. Along with those multi-million-dollar-grossing stadium tours came the houses in Malibu. By now, it might take well over a year to record an album. And a band in Stage Four had all the accoutrements that accompany big-time rock success—including, but not limited to, the plane, the police escorts, the private chefs, the grass-fed beef, and the complicated, political hierarchy of the backstage pass."