Originally Posted by $uper$tar
Thanks for the response. Anymore? It just fascinates me how much money can be made like this at a single show, and I'm curious as to what all artists have to pay for (expenses) and how much they really end up walking away with. I'm sure for big guys, even with all the expenses, they make more money than I probably even imagine.
I would be happy playing a show for $100/night...which is what I make right now doing cover gigs usually. Getting even just that to play and original set consisting of all of my own songs would be enough for me..
For a small modest band playing sheds, they may be able to get away with a Crew of maybe 4 to 6, probably monitors, FOH, Lights, merch, and 1 or 2 backline Techs, and tour manager. Figure crew guys are making anywhere from $500 to $5000 a week depending on what they do. Also a tour bus cost around $7000 to $15000 a week plus gas and the drivers pay and hotel rooms if need be, the price of the bus depends on how nice it is. Then the bus may pull a trailer for your gear add more expense for the trailer, or if you have alot of gear you may need a Semi Truck and Trailer another hefty expense with driver. keep in mind this is a small band playing sheds like 500 to 2000 person shows, now on a larger scale where a band is playing stadiums etc there may be several tour busses and a couple semi trucks(a large outfit like Trans Siberian orchestra or Madonna has somehting like 20 tour busses and 20 semi trucks and a crew of 70 maybe even more, so well you do the math, add on hotels every other night, flights, console rentals, monitor and Pa rental, other gear rentals, etc and if you do the math you figure for an established act touring is not a cheap thing, not too mention that rehearsals before even hitting the road may have cost around $50000 to $300000+ just to get ready for the tour.
So its not surprising the high ticket prices for shows these days considering how much money it takes to keep a quality production on the road.