As previously reported, Devin Townsend recently opened up about the harsh realities of touring, saying that “the ability to make money on tour is almost completely gone now.” Other artists have since chimed in as well, including Dark Funeral’s Lord Ahirman, who blasted venues for merch cuts.
Lord Ahriman said the following::
“The sad truth is that mr @dvntownsend is right. The venues will slowly kill the live scene with their outragious merch cut. You should clearly be ashame of yourself! Next up for bands will be to start selling merch out from the bus trailer outside the venue, or just quit touring. Id rather do the trailer option though… we gotta keep the scene alive!
Just to give you an exemple how crazy it all is, which also explain why the merch prices have gone up so much at the shows. On this tour, there’s been a few nights where we have had to pay the venue more for selling merch then our guarantee. And as everyone knows, on this stage merch income usually are the main income/profit for the bands, even more now with all the increased costs (gasolin, flights, visas + more).
And with a 20% or more merch cut + tax theres not much left for the bands. I could go on forever on this issue but I wont, but I’m sure you get my point. Anyway, I sure hope more bands & fans start to raise up against this bullshit. It gotta stop!!!”
Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares also responded to a Metal Injection article regarding this story: