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Re: Cash Bar
> Whoops! Got that bacwards ... you get the point tho.
> > }But bar shows still suck. I assume they do it for the money, 'coz if they
> > }didn't, they couldn't tour. Ah well.
> > Only for an indie. Real major-label bands make their money on
> > merchandising (licensing their image for t-shirts, etc.) Record sales and
> > tours are lucky to break even. Am I right, Joyce?
> > --
> But if they are consistantly not breaking even on tours, and not selling
> tonnes of t-shirts (I don't think Sloan have shirts in Sessions, or
> anything like that), then you've got a problem.
You would be amazed at how much tour support money bands take from their
record labels, well into their careers. There are major label bands out
there making $350 per night and riding around in a tour bus that costs
$350 a day. You do the math. There's transportation, hotels, crew
salaries, band salaries, equipment and on and on and on. Merchandise can
be a good source of income. Touring costs and arm and a leg, but you do
it even if you're losing money, because the theory is that if you play
for people who are not all that familiar with you, they'll buy your
records (provided you don't suck, of course).