Posted: Jun 18, 2008 4:28 pm
When gas was 2 bucks it was almost prohibitive to tour, now I don't know how bands can do it. Most small bands average less than 100 bucks a night (that hasn't changed in the last 15 years).
You can do like the Guilty Hearts just did - do it anyway, just be prepared to lose a shitload of money. Touring in the states has always been a money-losing proposition. Used to be, if you made enough to kinda cover expenses you could justify it as a "vacation" of sorts, but if you are going to lose a grand or so it becomes less appealing. Why save up your vacation time at your shitty job to lose money doing a shitty tour, when you could lose that money taking an actual
We've been paying $5 cover for shows for 15 years -- I think it needs to be $7 standard now.
What she said. But I also sympathize because incomes in this country have been flat for the past 15 years, too. Everybody's expenses have been going up, bands and audience alike, but average wages are the same. Gas, housing, food, all through the roof. Min. wage is still five bucks and change an hour. Nobody is making any extra money, and now the economy is headed straight into the shitter and people are going to have even less to spend.
We outsourced all our industry overseas, this country doesn't make anything anymore, our entire economy is based on people driving around and eating fried chicken.
The country has been looted by the richest 1%. I just read this book
, and I'm pissed.