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Earnings & Attendance: METALLICA, KISS, NINE INCH NAILS – Who Earned More?

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How much money does a band make on the road? Billboard hopes to answer that question, somewhat, by providing gross sale reports in their weekly Boxscore report. We like to check in every once in a while to see how metal bands are doing. Keep in mind, these are gross sales, meaning this is before the venue, promoter, etc. get the cut. This doesn't mean the band gets the entire piece of the pie and their profits vary based on the deals they make. As always, thanks to ThePRP for the numbers. Check out our previous Earnings & Attendance Reports.

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Spoiler: Metallica make a lot of money! Last week, Billboard reported that Metallica's tour generated $10.3 million in January 2019 alone, bringing the tour gross of the tour $150 million, since launching in 2016.

Artist: Metallica & Jim Breuer
Venue: Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Date: Nov. 30th, 2018
Gross Sales: $2,026,905
Attendance/Capacity: 16,215 / 16,215
Ticket Prices: $135, $65

Artist: Metallica & Jim Breuer
Venue: Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Date: Dec. 02nd, 2018
Gross Sales: $1,597,670
Attendance/Capacity: 12,854 / 12,916
Ticket Prices: $135, $65

Artist: Metallica & Jim Breuer
Venue: Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Date: Nov. 28th, 2018
Gross Sales: $1,454,270
Attendance/Capacity: 11,868 / 12,719
Ticket Prices: $135, $65

But how does KISS compare?

Artist: KISS
Venue: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Date: Feb. 20th, 2019
Gross Sales: $1,611,304
Attendance/Capacity: 12,033 / 12,737
Ticket Prices: $995, $405, $200, $105, $40

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Artist: KISS
Venue: Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Date: Feb. 02nd, 2019
Gross Sales: $1,464,975
Attendance/Capacity: 14,191 / 14,659
Ticket Prices: $1,000, $59.50

Artist: KISS
Venue: Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Date: Feb. 08th, 2019
Gross Sales: $1,014,452
Attendance/Capacity: 9,847 / 10,802
Ticket Prices: $1,000, $29.50

Even with some higher price points, Metallica still outdraw kiss in terms of revenue. Nine Inch Nails don't do too bad themselves:

Artist: Nine Inch NailsThe Jesus And Mary Chain & Daniel Avery
Venue: Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Date: Nov. 27th-28th, 2018
Gross Sales: $892,337
Attendance/Capacity: 7,293 / 7,293
Ticket Prices: $135, $99.50

Crazy to see that Trans-Siberian Orchestra still making the big bucks!

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