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Earnings & Attendance: Who Drew The Most Money – SCORPIONS, A PERFECT CIRCLE or SLAYER?

Posted by on December 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm Follow on Twitter | Follow on Instagram

How much money does a band make on the road? Billboard hopes to answer that question, somewhat, by providing gross sale reports in their weekly Boxscore report. We like to check in every once in a while to see how metal bands are doing. Keep in mind, these are gross sales, meaning this is before the venue, promoter, etc. get the cut. This doesn't mean the band gets the entire piece of the pie and their profits vary based on the deals they make. As always, thanks to ThePRP for the numbers. Check out our previous Earnings & Attendance Reports.

Artist: Scorpions & Megadeth
Venue: Laval, QC – Place Bell
Date: Sept. 19th, 2017
Gross Sales: $410,436
Attendance/Capacity: 5,834 / 7,158
Ticket Prices: $102.27, $40.87

The good thing about being around 50 years is that your audience is a little order, so you can charge accordingly. Look at those returns on 6,000 people!

Artist: SlayerLamb Of God & Behemoth
Venue: Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory Outdoor Stage
Date: July 23rd, 2017
Gross Sales: $248,420
Attendance/Capacity: 4,700 / 4,700
Ticket Prices: $55.99, $52.99

See what I said about Scorpions? Notice Slayer is around 20 years less, and make half the revenue for almost the exact amount of people. Of course, this is also in a different city.

Artist: A Perfect Circle & The Beta Machine
Venue: St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Date: Nov. 25th, 2017
Gross Sales: $459,825
Attendance/Capacity: 7,294 / 8,250
Ticket Prices: $72, $52, $37

Artist: A Perfect Circle & The Beta Machine
Venue: Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
Date: Nov. 24th, 2017
Gross Sales: $401,002
Attendance/Capacity: 6,083 / 7,000
Ticket Prices: $74, $54, $38.50

Artist: A Perfect Circle & The Beta Machine
Venue: Albany, NY – Times Union Center
Date: Nov. 11th, 2017
Gross Sales: $216,962
Attendance/Capacity: 3,462 / 7,209
Ticket Prices: $75, $55, $39.50

Artist: A Perfect Circle & The Beta Machine
Venue: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Date: Nov. 05th, 2017
Gross Sales: $317,668
Attendance/Capacity: 5,467 / 7,162
Ticket Prices: $64, $54, $44

Artist: A Perfect Circle
Venue: Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Date: Nov. 02nd, 2017
Gross Sales: $471,820
Attendance/Capacity: 6,507 / 8,854
Ticket Prices: $85, $65, $45

Meanwhile, A Perfect Circle give Scorpions a run for their money. This is what happens when you don't tour for the better part of a decade and build up demand.

Artist: Iron Maiden & Ghost
Venue: Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Date: Jul. 12th, 2017
Gross Sales: $376,315
Attendance/Capacity: 7,380 / 18,975
Ticket Prices: $99.50, $39.50

Iron Maiden will always draw big bucks.

Artist: Primus
Venue: Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
Date: Oct. 22nd, 2017
Gross Sales: $97,535
Attendance/Capacity: 2,214 / 2,461
Ticket Prices: $59.50, $49.50, $39

Artist: Primus
Venue: Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace
Date: Nov. 04th, 2017
Gross Sales: $90,095
Attendance/Capacity: 1,819 / 2,502
Ticket Prices: $75, $35

Artist: Primus & Clutch
Venue: Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
Date: July 18th, 2017
Gross Sales: $99,115
Attendance/Capacity: 3,100 / 5,789
Ticket Prices: $40, $35

Artist: Primus & Clutch
Venue: Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Date: July 17th, 2017
Gross Sales: $97,558
Attendance/Capacity: 2,962 / 4,961
Ticket Prices: $40, $35

Primus charging the same prices as A Perfect Circle (older audiences) but not drawing nearly as many folks.

Artist: Marilyn Manson & Alice Glass
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: Sept. 29th, 2017
Gross Sales: $189,328
Attendance/Capacity: 3,969 / 4,500
Ticket Prices: $50, $47.50

Before his injury, Manson was making good money.

Artist: Queens Of The Stone Age & Royal Blood
Venue: Columbus, OH – Express Live!
Date: Sept. 12th, 2017
Gross Sales: $191,930
Attendance/Capacity: 4,846 / 4,846
Ticket Prices: $42, $39.50

Artist: Queens Of The Stone Age & Royal Blood
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: Sept. 13th, 2017
Gross Sales: $160,007
Attendance/Capacity: 4,036 / 4,500
Ticket Prices: $42, $39.50

I would assume Queens would draw better than Manson, but these are smaller markets.

Artist: KornStone SourSkilletYelaWolf & Ded
Venue: Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
Date: Jul. 19th, 2017
Gross Sales: $219,548
Attendance/Capacity: 9,602 / 16,997
Ticket Prices: $75, $25

Meanwhile, Korn outearns both Queens of the Stone Age and Manson. Higher VIP ticket prices are to thank.

Artist: Dream Theater
Venue: Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Date: Nov. 03rd, 2017
Gross Sales: $142,321
Attendance/Capacity: 2,560 / 3,553
Ticket Prices: $86.25, $66.25, $41.50, $26.25

Dream Theater fans likely have more disposable income and have no problem paying higher prices for tickets.

Artist: GojiraTorche & Code Orange
Venue: Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Date: Oct. 10th, 2017
Gross Sales: $20,226
Attendance/Capacity: 679 / 1,000
Ticket Prices: $32, $29.50

Artist: PeripheryAnimals As Leaders & Car Bomb
Venue: Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Date: Oct. 31st, 2017
Gross Sales: $17,525
Attendance/Capacity: 701 / 1,000
Ticket Prices: $25

Notice a few dollars difference in the prices leads to far greater returns. It's simple math.

Artist: Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots & Skindred
Venue: Sydney, AUS – The Big Top at Luna Park
Date: Sept. 22nd, 2017
Gross Sales: $148,486
Attendance/Capacity: 2,126 / 2,400
Ticket Prices: $71.18, $64.74

Artist: Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots & Skindred
Venue: Melbourne, AUS – Forum
Date: Sept. 23rd, 2017
Gross Sales: $137,484
Attendance/Capacity: 1,990 / 1,990
Ticket Prices: $72.67

Artist: Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots & Skindred
Venue: Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill Hotel
Date: Sept. 21st, 2017
Gross Sales: $124,315
Attendance/Capacity: 1,803 / 1,803
Ticket Prices: $76.35, $71.25

Artist: Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots & Skindred
Venue: Perth, AUS – Astor Theatre
Date: Sept. 26th, 2017
Gross Sales: $79,385
Attendance/Capacity: 1,184 / 1,200
Ticket Prices: $69.09

Artist: Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots & Skindred
Venue: Adelaide, AUS – The Gov
Date: Sept. 24th, 2017
Gross Sales: $49,900
Attendance/Capacity: 762 / 1,000
Ticket Prices: $75.67, $67.47

Now I see why Max is always on the road.

Artist: Arch EnemyTriviumWhile She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy
Venue: Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Date: Nov. 05th, 2017
Gross Sales: $66,860
Attendance/Capacity: 2,242 / 2,242
Ticket Prices: $32.90, $29.77

Trivium and Arch Enemy with a solid sold out turnout.

Check out our previous Earnings & Attendance Reports.

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