Find out how much Machine Head, Skinny Puppy, King Crimson and more made on the road

Posted by on January 20, 2016

If you keep wondering how much your favorite bands make when they head out on the road, Billboard‘s Boxscore released their latest batch of earnings and attendance from many artists, and we’ve summarized them here for you.

We are already halfway through January already, but there are still numbers published from the last few months of 2015 for us to look at. While we’re not going to see big numbers like before, some of these bands managed to sell out their shows, which will give them the opportunity to get bigger venues for more capacity or charge more tickets because they have the market for it.  These are the bands who you should sue if they punch you in the face during a show:

Artist: Def Leppard, Whitesnake & Black Star Riders
Venue: Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
Date: Dec. 10th, 2015
Gross Sales: $653,778
Attendance/Capacity: 9,641 / 10,543
Ticket Prices: $67.81


Artist: Judas Priest & Mastodon
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: Nov. 05th-06th, 2015
Gross Sales: $299,689
Attendance/Capacity: 3,160 / 3,160
Ticket Prices: $95


Artist: King Crimson
Venue: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Date: Nov. 19th-21st, 2015
Gross Sales: $286,697
Attendance/Capacity: 3,107 / 3,107
Ticket Prices: $150.07, $52.15


Artist: Marilyn Manson & Krokodil
Venue: London, UK – Eventim Apollo
Date: Nov. 19th, 2015
Gross Sales: $251,391
Attendance/Capacity: 5,085 / 5,098
Ticket Prices: $49.44


Artist: Puscifer
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at Ace Hotel
Date: Dec. 10th-11th, 2015
Gross Sales: $179,077
Attendance/Capacity: 3,294 / 3,294
Ticket Prices: $375, $40


Artist: Ghost & Purson
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Date: Oct. 26th, 2015
Gross Sales: $40,321
Attendance/Capacity: 1,325 / 1,325
Ticket Prices: $30.60, $28


Artist: Bring Me The Horizon, Issues & PVRIS
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Date: Oct. 23rd, 2015
Gross Sales: $28,527
Attendance/Capacity: 771 / 771
Ticket Prices: $37


Artist: Motionless In White, The Devil Wears Prada, Upon A Burning Body & The Color Morale
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: Oct. 17th, 2015
Gross Sales: $13,800
Attendance/Capacity: 552 / 1,573
Ticket Prices: $25


Artist: Machine Head
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: Nov. 24th, 2015
Gross Sales: $18,518
Attendance/Capacity: 729 / 1,573
Ticket Prices: $25


Artist: Skinny Puppy & Youth Code
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: Nov. 12th, 2015
Gross Sales: $15,670
Attendance/Capacity: 520 / 1,573
Ticket Prices: $30


Artist: Scott Weiland
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: Nov. 29th, 2015
Gross Sales: $8,585
Attendance/Capacity: 566 / 1,573
Ticket Prices: $15

Of course, most of the bands at the top were successful and sold out their shows due to their popularity but it’s still a notable thing to do considering the holiday season. What’s also interesting to point out is the last few bands listed that weren’t able to sell out. Huntington, NY seems to be very picky about the bands they want to support that even popular bands like Machine Head, Skinny Puppy or Scott Weiland weren’t able to sell more than half of the venues capacity. That’s just part of the business.


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