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This is How Much Money Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails, Whitechapel, Within Temptation and More Earn at Shows


Box OfficeThese Boxscore Reports attendance and earnings figures sure are fun to look at, aren’t they? In case you missed it, earlier this year we posted figures for Megadeth, Killswitch Engage, Behemoth and Avenged Sevenfold (among others) and then we posted figures for Guns N’ Roses, Volbeat, Black Label Society and Pelican (among others).

Since a lot of the action is currently happening at European festivals, the most recent Boxscore Report has numbers for a lot of those shows and gives us a bit of a different look into bands’ finances. For example: Within Temptation and Delain can draw nearly 7,000 people in Belgium?? Holy fuck. That tour might sell 1,000 tickets in the U/S.

I’m not quite clear on how it’s determined which shows appear in these listings. For example, that DevilDriver / Whitechapel tour definitely had higher-grossing nights than the Spokane, WA date listed below, including the show I saw in NYC, so why aren’t those listed above the Spokane date? Is it up to the venues to report these figures, and, as such, lazy venues/promoters aren’t sending in their reports? Or is some other factor at play?

Some important things to keep in mind as you scan these numbers:

  • The show gross is not the dollar amount the band ends up walking away with; the venue and/or promoter takes a cut for themselves.
  • The headlining act will also have to pay all of the opening acts on the tour out of their take.
  • Each act also still has to pay crew, techs, merch guys, sound and light guys, etc. out of the gross.
  • The dollar figures shown are from ticket sales only and do not include merch.

Here are some the highlights, via The PRP:

Artist: Black Sabbath & Soundgarden
Venue: Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
Date: Jun. 20th, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,473,990
Attendance/Capacity: 12,746 / 13,000
Ticket Prices: $116.26, $105.08

Artist: Within Temptation & Delain
Venue: Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena
Date: Apr. 29th, 2014
Gross Sales: $323,782
Attendance/Capacity: 6,940 / 6,940
Ticket Prices: $62.30, $55.38, $48.46

Artist: Nine Inch Nails & Cold Cave
Venue: Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena
Date: May 28th, 2014
Gross Sales: $281,579
Attendance/Capacity: 5,445 / 7,573
Ticket Prices: $54.57

Artist: ‘Vans Warped Tour‘: Every Time I Die, Attila, Issues, etc.
Venue: Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Date: Jul. 05th, 2014
Gross Sales: $231,845
Attendance/Capacity: 7,508 / 10,000
Ticket Prices: $42.29, $29.60

Artist: DevilDriver, Whitechapel, Revocation, Carnifex & Fit For An Autopsy
Venue: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Date: May 26th, 2014
Gross Sales: $7,392
Attendance/Capacity: 360 / 900
Ticket Prices: $22, $20

Artist: (hed)p.e. & SOiL
Venue: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Date: May 20th, 2014
Gross Sales: $3,542
Attendance/Capacity: 253 / 900
Ticket Prices: $14

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