Both Cliff and I were all too familiar with what it took to do a gig in terms of gear and logistics. We'd both done it our whole lives. "Technology" had made it progressively harder, not easier.
On a gig day, or maybe even a few days before, the process would begin to collect all the gear, get it transported, and set up. If you were in charge, as both of us often were, this usually was some sort of all day affair, especially if you were trying to make sure that the setup was professional.
By the time the music started, hours and hours of hard work and logistical thinking had already transpired.
There was just so much stuff!
And the wires. Dang it, there were so many wires, and of so many different kinds.
And then after the music ended, you'd have to do the whole darned thing in reverse.
It was just AWFUL!
We both felt that this whole process flew directly in the face of music making. Many times, we were just wiped out and our brains exhausted just getting set up. And it often wasn't possible to enjoy the afterglow of a great performance knowing there were hours more work ahead because of the gear.
Real problems would sometimes arise between band members because some helped with the gear much more than others, and resentments set in.
The only shoving match I ever initiated in my whole life was over gear set up. Someone in the band showed up really late to a load in up a long flight of stairs on a brutally hot and humid day. I've regretted this my whole life. It was a real low point for me.