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Earnings & Attendance

Earnings & Attendance for Recent BLACK SABBATH, TOOL, MANOWAR and more shows.

Black Sabbath bring in some serious money on the road.

Black Sabbath bring in some serious money on the road.

Oh this edition of Attendance and Earnings is pretty juicy. As always, these numbers are based on Billboard.com's Boxscore report. Let's compare some figures:

Artist: Black Sabbath & Reignwolf
Venue: Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Date: Apr. 07th, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,109,650
Attendance/Capacity: 12,195 /12,195
Ticket Prices: $117.92, $54.18

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Artist: Black Sabbath & Reignwolf
Venue: Budweiser Gardens – London, ON
Date: Apr. 09th, 2014
Gross Sales: $895,753
Attendance/Capacity: 8,863 / 8,982
Ticket Prices: $117.83, $81.29, $53.89

Artist: Black Sabbath & Reignwolf
Venue: Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
Date: Apr. 03rd, 2014
Gross Sales: $833,438
Attendance/Capacity: 8,730 / 8,730
Ticket Prices: $117.42, $81.15

Artist: Black Sabbath & Reignwolf
Venue: Colisee Pepsi – Quebec City, QC
Date: Apr. 05th, 2014
Gross Sales: $813,574
Attendance/Capacity: 8,767 / 10,545
Ticket Prices: $113.51, $54.03

Holy moly, if anybody questioned if these Black Sabbath tours make money, wonder no more. Not a bad take leaving with $800k to 1 million a show, is it? I'm sure they pay virtually nothing to the openers too, so they have to be leaving with at least half a mil per show after taxes and production costs, but that's purely speculation.

Artist: Tool
Venue: Palacio de los Deportes – Mexico City, MEX
Date: Mar. 19th, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,042,415
Attendance/Capacity: 17,441 / 20,740
Ticket Prices: $59.77

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Artist: Avenged Sevenfold
Venue: Palacio de los Deportes – Mexico City, MEX
Date: Mar. 25th, 2014
Gross Sales: $440,193
Attendance/Capacity: 12,363 / 19,323
Ticket Prices: $35.61

Notice how a 25 dollar difference in ticket price can really change the returning gross on the show. Of course, Tool are a much more established act that A7X so they can get away with it.

Here are a few shows from bands with similar sounds, but very different returns:

Artist: MegaFest (Bring Me The HorizonWe Came As RomansOf Mice & MenAttilaIssues,Northlane & Wilson)
Venue: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, MI
Date: Feb. 21st, 2014
Gross Sales: $140,450
Attendance/Capacity: 4,618 / 4,618
Ticket Prices: $35, $30, $25

Artist: Bring Me The HorizonOf Mice & Menletlive.Issues
Venue: Myth – St. Paul, MN
Date: Feb. 17th, 2014
Gross Sales: $72,910
Attendance/Capacity: 3,178 / 3,178
Ticket Prices: $23

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Artist: Asking AlexandriaAugust Burns RedWe Came As RomansCrown The EmpireBorn Of Osiris
Venue: MacEwan Conference & Event Centre – Calgary, AB
Date: Apr. 05th, 2014
Gross Sales: $56,573
Attendance/Capacity: 1,852 / 1,852
Ticket Prices: $34.96, $30.42

Artist: Asking AlexandriaAugust Burns RedWe Came As RomansCrown The EmpireBorn Of Osiris
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
Date: Mar. 29th, 2014
Gross Sales: $47,570
Attendance/Capacity: 1,900 / 1,900
Ticket Prices: $30, $25

Artist: Asking AlexandriaAugust Burns RedWe Came As RomansCrown The EmpireBorn Of Osiris
Venue: Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Date: Apr. 06th, 2014
Gross Sales: $33,154
Attendance/Capacity: 1,095 / 1,136
Ticket Prices: $30.05

Meanwhile, how much does a legendary band like Carcass who are on their reunion tour, pull in:

Artist: CarcassThe Black Dahlia MurderRepulsionGorguts & Noisem
Venue: Regency Center Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Date: Mar. 26th, 2014
Gross Sales: $33,837
Attendance/Capacity: 1,175 / 1,424
Ticket Prices: $30, $28.50

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…oddly shocking that they pull in just as much as Asking Alexandria, filling virtually the same cap rooms.

Meanwhile, Manowar overcharge for tickets, and don't fill out venues, but still leave with a pretty penny:

Artist: Manowar
Venue: Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
Date: Feb. 22nd, 2014
Gross Sales: $62,675
Attendance/Capacity: 836 / 2,000
Ticket Prices: $100, $75

Also, I would've never thought that In This Moment and Animals As Leaders have similar draws:

Artist: In This MomentButcher BabiesDevour The Day & All Hail The Yeti
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
Date: Jan. 14th, 2014
Gross Sales: $19,497
Attendance/Capacity: 990 / 1,200
Ticket Prices: $25, $19.99

Artist: Animals As LeadersAfter The BurialNavene-K & Chon
Venue: Regency Center Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Date: Mar. 28th, 2014
Gross Sales: $19,096
Attendance/Capacity: 1,022 / 1,424
Ticket Prices: $20, $18

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Here are a few more shows:

Artist: Sevendust
Venue: Emo’s – Austin, TX
Date: Apr. 06th, 2014
Gross Sales: $13,714
Attendance/Capacity: 590 / 800
Ticket Prices: $25, $32

Artist: Between The Buried And MeIntronautDeafheaven & The Kindred
Venue: The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
Date: Mar. 20th, 2014
Gross Sales: $10,196
Attendance/Capacity: 559 / 1,500
Ticket Prices: $25, $22, $18

Artist: The SwordBig Business & O’Brother
Venue: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Date: Mar. 10th, 2014
Gross Sales: $6,198
Attendance/Capacity: 300 / 300
Ticket Prices: $22, $20

Artist: Russian CirclesInter Arma & KEN mode
Venue: Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
Date: Feb. 27th, 2014
Gross Sales: $6,174
Attendance/Capacity: 380 / 380
Ticket Prices: $18, $16

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Artist: Crosses (†††) & Dawn Golden
Venue: The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Date: Jan. 13th, 2014
Gross Sales: $5,865
Attendance/Capacity: 363 / 1,000
Ticket Prices: $20, $15

Artist: Protest The Hero
Venue: The Garage – Burnsville, MN
Date: Mar. 05th, 2014
Gross Sales: $4,193
Attendance/Capacity: 229 / 550
Ticket Prices: $20, $17

As you can see, when you're a "working class" band, the returns are far less than a Black Sabbath or a Tool.

Check out all the previous earnings and attendance posts here.

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