I hadn't thought of it like that before, Cuse. I think you're dead-on.
Their popularity is kind of a double-edged sword, I'd imagine. On the one hand, I'm sure they appreciate the fact that so many people are buying their CDs, watching their shows, paying to see them live, and buying the merchandise. BUT...because of this popularity, they're losing their anonymity and perhaps the feeling that they can do things the way that they want. I'm imagining them being pulled in many directions right now.
What I want is for them to resist the pull and to do only what they want to do. If that means we don't see them live for a long time- so be it. As long as they can creatively be and do what they want, then I'm assured that whatever they do put out will be good stuff.
(Or at the very least that they won't feel they've compromised themselves at all.)