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Want to Book Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch, Avenged Sevenfold, etc to Play Your Party? This is How Much it Will Cost.


five dollar metalI used to work at a booking agency. We would routinely ask for more money from show promoters for our bands than we’d be willing to accept, with the expectation that the promoter would try and negotiate us down. A band’s price also varies from market to market: Band X might not be able to draw as many people in Des Moines, IA as they can in Chicago, IL, so a promoter in Des Moines won’t be able to offer them as high of a guarantee. Finally, if a college came calling, we’d automatically jack up the price considerably; colleges often have budgets set aside for shows, and they’re willing to spend all of it. All of this is common practice.

Keep that in mind as you peruse the below list of bands and their asking prices, which The PRP found on Priceonomics. The figures were allegedly sourced from Degy Entertainment, a third party agency (not the agency that actually represents these bands) specializing in brokering college shows. It’s likely the guarantees these bands usually get are considerably lower than what’s listed.

Still, this at least gives us some idea of what these bands earn to headline a big show… and it’s pretty fascinating to see. Next time you’re looking to book Queens of the Stone Age to play your party, just consult this handy list. Price of keg and tap deposit not included.

311 – $100,000-$150,000
Avenged Sevenfold – $100,000+
Breaking Benjamin – $100,000-$200,000
Foo Fighters – $500,000+
Jane’s Addiction – $100,000
Muse – $150,000
Queens Of The Stone Age – $65,000-$125,000
Stone Temple Pilots – $250,000-$400,000
Coheed & Cambria – $40,000-$50,000
Disturbed – $50,000-$75,000
Five Finger Death Punch – $50,000-$75,000
Godsmack – $85,000-$125,000
Incubus – $80,000-$120,000+
Korn – $85,000-$125,000
Staind – $60,000-$80,000
Taking Back Sunday – $50,000-$75,000
30 Seconds To Mars – $40,000-$50,000
Chevelle – $40,000-$60,000
Eagles Of Death Metal – $35,000-$45,000
Flyleaf – $30,000-$40,000
Papa Roach – $40,000-$50,000
Sevendust – $30,000-$40,000
Circa Survive – $25,000
Finger Eleven – $25,000-$30,000
Hoobastank – $20,000-$30,000
Minus The Bear – $30,000
Mogwai – $25,000-$30,000
P.O.D. – $30,000-$40,000
Alien Ant Farm – $10,000-$20,000
Clutch – $10,000-$20,000
Filter – $10,000-$20,000
Jonathan Davis of Korn – $10,000-$20,000
Quiet Riot – $12,500-$20,000
Tom Morello – $10,000-$20,000
A Static Lullaby – $3,000-$5,000

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