houston4044 wrote:I wouldn't think Slayer are all that expensive if you consider the size of venues they normally play, couple that with the statements Lombardo made about Slayer undervaluing themselves to agents.
I agree with Cooper though, but then you have to consider he was booked alongside a non-exclusive machine head and behemoth, rob zombie this year would be booked alongside an exclusive within tempation and (i dream) judas priest :p
If they weren't that expensive i'd imagine the festival would have had them sooner. As for the issue's Lombardo stated on his quitting the band about $4m going to the agents and so on for any fiscal year...well that money isn't coming from nowhere and with sales quite low in todays climate you can be pretty sure a good chunk of that is tour profits.
When you consider the venue costs, support band costs, roadcrew cost for a full crew featuring an FOH team, a monitor guy, a tour manager, lighting guy(s), merch people, drum tech, guitar tech(s), general roadies and then drivers, tour bus hire, flights/ferries, security...and then consider the label and management companies both take a cut as do accountants and then finally the band members themselves (after which Bostaph gets paid a salary) if they're still making over $4.4m as Lombardo states they're either playing virtually every night of the year or they're extremely well paid for the shows they do. Even with merch sales making up a chunk of it you're likely not making that kind of money in 12 months unless you're touring for a decent amount.
Regardless of Machine Head being non-exclusive Machine Head are surely not a cheap band to book although i suspect Behemoth probably were. And to be honest i doubt Within Temptation are an expensive band to book baring in mind that beyond that one Arena date they've played they're mostly playing to similar sized crowds as the ones that Behemoth are on their current tour...although Priest are surely expensive and likely more so since they've cut back on dates.
Gandalf the Red wrote:Is Rob Zombie that big a deal now? Not heard anything from him for years as he seems to be spending most of his time ruining old horror movie franchises.
There's no easy way to answer it, in the past 5 years he's done 2 festival appearances and 2 tours. This year he was just under headliner at Download...to a very weak line up. The year before he was headlining the second stage. His first UK tour in the last 5 years was purely academies. But his second was a joint arena tour...however Marilyn Manson was closing the shows every night.
I never see much of his merchandise at shows and i don't know anyone who has bought anything he's released in over a decade now...but then i only know a bunch of people in one area of the country.
Giving it a bit of thought since my last post i'm convinced Zombie is not cheap to book but at the same time i don't think that he's too expensive for bloodstock by any means even with Priest on the bill.