Originally Posted by bermuda
Exactly. I'm always amused by people who observe that in a 4-pc band grossing $1m at a particular show, the drummer must make $250,000. Sheesh.
There are a huge amount of expenses, fees, and simple costs of doing business that turn gross amounts into much smaller net profits, which are further eaten away by taxes.
Yep... it's VERY expensive to put on shows and tour.
I've read several accounts of bands actually loosing money as the result of touring or at least from sections of the tour. From memory, The Stones and G'n'R may have fallen victim to this....so it can happen to big acts too.
Clearly it ain't always beer and skittles.