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    how much do metal bands make?

    from watching all those shows about how much J-Lo and people like that make on VH1 im kinda curious. How much do metal bands make, how well are they living?:

    1. Death/Black metal bands like emperor, cannibal corpse etc.
    2. slightly more mainstream dead/black metal bands like cradle of filth and morbid angel (what i mean by mainstream is that they are touring on pretty large tours and they have quite a bit of merchandise at places like hot topic)
    3. more modern rock bands that are well known but not extremely mainstream like Tool or the Deftones
    4. Prog. Rock bands/shredders like Dream Theater & Joe Satriani
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    Re: how much do metal bands make?

    Originally posted by SixStringThing
    from watching all those shows about how much J-Lo and people like that make on VH1 im kinda curious. How much do metal bands make, how well are they living?:

    1. Death/Black metal bands like emperor, cannibal corpse etc.
    2. slightly more mainstream dead/black metal bands like cradle of filth and morbid angel (what i mean by mainstream is that they are touring on pretty large tours and they have quite a bit of merchandise at places like hot topic)
    3. more modern rock bands that are well known but not extremely mainstream like Tool or the Deftones
    4. Prog. Rock bands/shredders like Dream Theater & Joe Satriani
    Death metal bands aren't that rich. Assuming they are successful within their respective community, they make enough to get by. Bands like Tool/Deftones both have multi-platinum albums, play on major tours, and have been around for awhile. Tool has a 50/50 deal with their record label. They are wealthy (maybe a few million) but I wouldn't consider their bank accounts on par with the size of pop stars. Satriani/Petrucci probably make quite a few bucks, again nothing like a real celebrity, but they have endorsement deals with Ibanez and such. Plus Satriani's Surfing with the Alien went platinum way back in '92, and I remember checking and seeing that he had a couple of gold records. You have to remember that they pay: taxes, lawyers, management, accountants, expenses, etc.
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    A friends husband is in a death metal band, im told their one of the bigger ones in seattle, and i know from their personal finances he doesnt make sh*t, she says when he comes home from tours their lucky to have paid off the tour expenses and have a little left over
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    i wouldn't think they make much, since even the more popular REAL musicians usually have to do an album or two before they break even. it's really backwards-the people that don't even write music and get paid to lip synche and look like sluts get all the money, while the hard working, creative, true musicians get sh*t.
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    I used to be in an established metal band and let me tell you...I am not able to rest on my laurels as a result. The label screwed us out of money and barely promoted us at all. We recorded a follow up album and the label went belly up before its release.
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    Wonder how rich the members of Iron Maiden are... I mean theyve been around for 25 years.
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    satriani got his own line of guitars with ibanez he doesn't count

    it's way more then people expect, a guy who goes to a local bar makes somewhere between 500-1000$ in one night (depending on experience) those groups got albums, a way better name, merchandise so they could make up to 10x more then that, even the cheapest most unknown band you see if headbanging it's way on stage with a gibson les paul, and driving in a tour bus that cost more then to rent then a appartment does


    so i would say death/black well dimmu borgir and the likes of those would make more then we ever will, if you can get a record deal you will probebly be making more then the you will ever will in real life, but i can't put a price on it, but the bastard owns 6 jackson guitars

    cradle of filth: i would say your living the rich live when your in a band like that, the merchandise alone, they get money to pay clips if it wasn't a major income for the record company they wouldn't be sponsering clips i would say they go above 1 000 000 $ easely

    nu metal bands, don't you get an idea when you watch cribs ??

    dream theater is pretty famous, so i satriani i think he get paid slightly less then the modern bands (believe it or not)
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    well, in perspective, if they sell CD's, the band/solo artist will make about a buck seventy per CD
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    metallica make a lot i think
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    Originally posted by MIXSPEL
    metallica make a lot i think
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    Originally posted by killerkiss1978
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    hahaha what? I dont get it?

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    Originally posted by midian
    satriani got his own line of guitars with ibanez he doesn't count

    it's way more then people expect, a guy who goes to a local bar makes somewhere between 500-1000$ in one night (depending on experience) those groups got albums, a way better name, merchandise so they could make up to 10x more then that, even the cheapest most unknown band you see if headbanging it's way on stage with a gibson les paul, and driving in a tour bus that cost more then to rent then a appartment does


    so i would say death/black well dimmu borgir and the likes of those would make more then we ever will, if you can get a record deal you will probebly be making more then the you will ever will in real life, but i can't put a price on it, but the bastard owns 6 jackson guitars

    cradle of filth: i would say your living the rich live when your in a band like that, the merchandise alone, they get money to pay clips if it wasn't a major income for the record company they wouldn't be sponsering clips i would say they go above 1 000 000 $ easely

    nu metal bands, don't you get an idea when you watch cribs ??

    dream theater is pretty famous, so i satriani i think he get paid slightly less then the modern bands (believe it or not)
    Dude, Cradle of Fith are not millionaires. No death metal bands are. Not even counting in merchandise, they only get a small portion of the income and to be honest, there is not an abundance of people with CoF shirts. If there was, they'd atleast have a gold record. Even that MTV documentary on mainstream rappers showed how a lot of them didn't make that much money at all except for the superstar ones. How much do you think a death metal band would make?
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    They do not make a lot. A lot of the lesser known death metal bands, like Wasteform, Malignancy, Mortal Decay, Entorturement, and even Vehemence, are pretty much broke. Most guys in all death metal bands have jobs in addition to their bands. Even Mikael Ackerfeldt of Opeth works in a CD store! It's pretty sad that such a talented musician needs to work in a CD store to supplement his income, when countless recording artists with far less talent make millions and get filthy rich (I'm not gonna name any names).
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    Originally posted by 2Skinny


    KoRn makes a good buck I know that.
    He asked about metal bands.
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    Re: how much do metal bands make?

    Originally posted by SixStringThing
    from watching all those shows about how much J-Lo and people like that make on VH1 im kinda curious. How much do metal bands make, how well are they living?:

    1. Death/Black metal bands like emperor, cannibal corpse etc.
    2. slightly more mainstream dead/black metal bands like cradle of filth and morbid angel (what i mean by mainstream is that they are touring on pretty large tours and they have quite a bit of merchandise at places like hot topic)
    3. more modern rock bands that are well known but not extremely mainstream like Tool or the Deftones
    4. Prog. Rock bands/shredders like Dream Theater & Joe Satriani
    You can be sure that it is not much. I play in an Melodic death metal band and I can tell you that if you get as much payed as you put in to it you can be happy.

    B.T.W.: Cannibal corpse makes more money than Morbid angel!!!

    You make money by doing concerts and not by selling cd's and Cannibal corpse perform much more often than Morbid Angel
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    Originally posted by MIXSPEL
    metallica make a lot i think
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    Dude, Metallica is the #5 top-selling artist in history. They've sold something like 90 million records and did extensive sold-out stadium/arena tours for years. And Jesus, just think about all the merchandise...
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