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SABATON's JOAKIM BRODÉN Explains Why Bands Are Losing Money On Postponed Shows

"Even if they sold out a show, they're gonna lose money because of the increased costs."


Shows you bought tickets for in 2020 might just have happened this year, or they're happening in 2023. From the fan's perspective, it's mostly just a matter of moving some stuff around on your personal schedule to attend the shows on their new dates. From the artist's perspective, it might mean coming through on a contract that guarantees you lose money no matter what the ticket sales look like.

In an interview with Andrew Haug Radio, Sabaton frontman Joakim Brodén explained that bands signed contracts way before the economy looks like how it does in 2022. So a contract that might have been beneficial to an artist in 2020 now has the possibility to completely screw them financially.

“A lot of bands have tours with tickets sold a long time ago that have been postponed. Those tickets are sold with a special calculation in mind, that these are our costs, and that's what we need to be able to make. So there's the reason as well for a lot of bands that, even if they sold out a show, they're gonna lose money because of the increased costs.

"It is a bit of a struggle for a lot of bands. Luckily enough, we're not in danger of becoming bankrupt, so for us it's more of a situation – luckily enough – that we aren't really making much money but we aren't, on the other hand, on the brink of extinction either."

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares recently spoke on the dismal touring scenario in 2022, explaining how expensive touring has become and why anyone without any touring experience can appreciate the costs involved. Devin Townsend shared a similar sentiment, saying he goes out as a solo acoustic artist sometimes just to keep costs down.

Sabaton will hit the road with Babymetal in 2023.

4/14 UK Leeds – First Direct Arena
4/15 UK London – OVO Arena Wembley
4/16 UK Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
4/18 UK Glasgow – OVO Hydro
4/21 FR Paris – Zenith
4/22 DE Frankfurt – Festhalle
4/24 DE Hamburg – Barclays Arena
4/25 LU Esch / Alzette – Rockhal
4/28 SE Stockholm – Avicii Arena
4/29 NO Oslo – Spektrum
4/30 DK Copenhagen – Royal Arena
5/2 DE Hannover – ZAG Arena
5/3 NL Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome
5/5 DE Berlin – Mercedes Benz Arena
5/6 DE Leipzig – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
5/7 AT Vienna – Stadthalle
5/9 PL Lodz – Atlas Arena
5/10 CZ Ostrava – Arena Ostrava
5/12 DE Cologne – Lanxess Arena
5/13 BE Antwerp – Sportpaleis
5/15 DE Munich – Olympiahalle
5/18 EE Tallinn – Saku Arena
5/19 FI Helsinki – Ice Hall
5/20 FI Kuopio – Kuopio Hall

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