To many bands being scammed is old news. It was the record companies by not numbering the plays, the show promoters who didn’t tell the right number of audience, and go on. Mark Blake reveals on his new biography on Peter Grant that he was the one who started to change it in an interview to Real Clear Life. Read parts here:
“He always ensured the band got paid. That in and of itself was quite a rarity. At that point in time, it was a cash business. You’d be given a bag of cash and if the promoter asked for money back at the end of the night because of low attendance, bands, in the past, had accepted it.
In Peter Grant’s case, he insisted on being paid in full and he always got the money because he was 6’ 3” and at his worst weighed around 300 pounds. You weren’t going to argue with him. It was almost industry standard to scam the bands and he changed that. He made sure the band got paid and later on did lots of work negotiating with ticketing agencies. It was unheard of at the time.”