Bad Omens, Stray From The Path, And Devin Townsend Open Up About The Current State Of Touring And The Music Industry

A number of artists have shared their thoughts on the current state of touring and the music industry as a whole. Among them are Bad Omens, Craig Reynolds (Stray From The Path), and Devin Townsend, who held nothing back with regards to the harsh realities artists are facing.

Bad Omens said the following on Twitter after a venue decided to sell band-branded cocktails:

“That’s dope, artists still don’t get a cut from bar sales tho even if the venue gives cocktails cute little names after your songs, but still take 15-20% of touring artists’ gross merch sales every night. Nowhere To Go punch does sound delicious though, tip your bartenders. 🐸 🍹”

They also added:

“Just to be clear – we don’t want a cut of your bar sales. We just don’t want to give you 20% of the merchandise we design, pay for, manage, set up, carry, and sell ourselves because you gave us 24sq ft of floor space in your venue we sold out.”

Reynolds also commented in a series of tweets:

“streaming services pay nothing and everyone is cool with it. managers make their bands do dangerous snow drives and everyone is cool with it. ticketmaster has a monopoly on live music and everyone is cool with it. bands swap royalties for playlisting and everyone is cool with it.

venues take a giant merch cut and everyone is cool with it. record labels are more interested in viral videos everyone is cool with it. bands have 90% of their show on a laptop and everyone is cool with it. members of bands do unspeakable things and everyone is cool with it.

most record deals include merchandise now and everyone is cool with it. your favourite bands hire the same producer from LA to write all their songs and everyone is cool with it. i can think of 6 bands with an entire instrument on backing track and everyone is cool with it.

labels and booking companies are ticking bare minimum diversity boxes instead of making systemic change and everyone is cool with it. prominent and influential multi-platinum selling artists are being openly antisemitic and everyone is cool with it.

…and that concludes the list of why i am so very annoyed, almost all of the time.

i sound like a boomer. ignore this. i’m just entering my jaded musical unabomber arc

nsane the amount of people who read THE FIRST LINE and made their mind up about this tweet. this tweet is a very pointless and specific list of the reasons i’m usually annoyed, some relate to each other, most don’t.

because you like to take me very literally I should reiterate that it’s okay if you use streaming apps. and to use a laptop for your live show: just don’t cheat.

i do think a bassist on a backing track is lame and putting someone out of a job but i understand that sometimes it’s a money thing or like counterparts the guy they get is gonna quit anyway”

Bad Omens and Reynolds also had the following exchange:

For Townsend’s part, he told Metallerium the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“It’s gotten way worse. I don’t think it’s better at all, actually. Because the costs of touring now, with inflation and the cost of gasoline and diesel… Plus, over the course of the pandemic, we’ve lost a ton of really good venues. I’d say probably 50 percent of the workforce in touring has now left. ‘Cause what’s a guitar tech gonna do for two years? You have to get a job, right? And so the ones that are remaining, not only are they already spoken for with other bands, but they’re almost twice as expensive.

I saw this thing about Live Nation the other day, they’re taking 30 percent of merch sales from some of these venues. The costs of airlines have gone up. So artists, the ability to make money on tour is almost completely gone now — at least an artist on my level.

So, yes, it’s opened up again, but it’s 10 times as expensive. It’s, like, what do you do? Even little things like, okay, the hotels are more expensive; the food at the hotels [is] more expensive. So at the end of it, you’re touring for what? You’re touring ultimately so you can present your work to the people who care about your work, and that’s worth it to me.

But I think for anybody to think that it’s now easy again, you should investigate that, because I’m trying to set up tours for next year, and there’s no way to keep them within cost — there’s no way. And so you go out there and, like, well, we can’t have this vehicle; we can’t have this backline; we can’t have this production; we can’t have these lights.

And then if you show up at a place and the audience comes, they’re, like, ‘The show’s not good. There’s no lights. There’s no production.’ So what should you do? And I think a lot of musicians, their decision is, like, ‘Well, I’ll just stay home then and I’ll just create from home.’

I try to go out with acoustic now, because that way I can afford it. If I just show up with an acoustic guitar and sing for people, it’s better than nothing. But it’s still, like, man, it’s a complicated time, brother.”

[via The PRP]

Bad Omens To Livestream New York City Shows, Comment On The Viral Success Of “Just Pretend”

Bad Omens are planning to livestream their upcoming shows with Dayseeker, Make Them Suffer, and Thousand Below at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. The sold out concerts will be held on December 11-12 and fans can by tickets to watch them online HERE. In other news, Bad Omens have also addressed the success of their song “Just Pretend,” which recently saw an increase in popularity after going viral on TikTok. The band tweeted the following:

Slipknot, Parkway Drive, Megadeth, Etc. Set For Knotfest Australia Events

Slipknot will be hosting three Knotfest events in Australia next year. The shows will take place in March and they will feature: Slipknot, Parkway Drive, Megadeth, Trivium, Northlane, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Knocked Loose, Spiritbox, Story Of The Year, Alpha Wolf, Void Of Vision, Bad Omens, and Malevolence. Here’s the dates:

03/24 Melbourne, AUS – Flemington Racecourse
03/25 Sydney, AUS – Centennial Park
03/26 Brisbane, AUS – RNA Showgrounds

Bad Omens Add More Dates To Upcoming Tour With Dayseeker, Make Them Suffer, & Thousand Below

Bad Omens have added more dates to their North American tour with Dayseeker, Make Them Suffer, and Thousand Below. You can find their updated schedule below.

11/02 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
11/03 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
11/05 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/07 Houston, TX – Rise Rooftop
11/08 Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
11/10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/11 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
11/12 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/13 Roseville, CA – Goldfields
11/15 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
11/16 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/20 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/22 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/23 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
11/25 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
11/26 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/27 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
11/29 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
11/30 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
12/02 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
12/03 Mckees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater
12/04 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
12/06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12/07 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
12/09 Worcester, MA – Palladium (Downstairs)
12/10 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
12/11 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/14 Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre

Bad Omens Premiere “Concrete Jungle” Music Video, Announce Tour With Dayseeker, Make Them Suffer, & Thousand Below

Bad Omens have premiered a new video for their song “Concrete Jungle.” This track is from the band’s latest album “The Death Of Peace Of Mind.”

In other news, the group have also announced a fall North American tour with Dayseeker, Make Them Suffer, and Thousand Below:

11/03 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
11/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
11/05 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/07 Houston, TX – Rise Rooftop
11/08 Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
11/10 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
11/12 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/13 Roseville, CA – Goldfields
11/15 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
11/16 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/20 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/22 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/23 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
11/25 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
11/26 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/27 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
11/29 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
11/30 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
12/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
12/04 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
12/06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12/07 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
12/09 Worcester, MA – Palladium (Downstairs)
12/10 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
12/11 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Bad Omens Announce Headlining Shows With Avoid

Bad Omens have announced some summer headlining shows with Avoid. Here’s the dates:

08/29 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
08/30 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
08/31 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
09/02 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
09/04 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
09/09 Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival

Jason Hook (Ex-Five Finger Death Punch) To Debut New Band On 2023 ShipRocked Cruise

Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch) has officially confirmed that his new solo project will be called Hook. The band are currently scheduled to make their live debut on the 2023 ShipRocked Cruise. That event will take place aboard the Carnival Magic on January 22-28 as it sails from Port Canaveral, Florida with stops at Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas, Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands, and Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.

Here’s the updated ShipRocked lineup:

  • Falling In Reverse
  • Parkway Drive
  • Afterlife
  • Ayron Jones
  • Bad Omens
  • Bones UK
  • Brkn Love
  • Dropout Kings
  • D.R.U.G.S.
  • Fame On Fire
  • Giovannie And The Hired Guns
  • Grandson
  • Hook
  • Islander
  • Jeris Johnson
  • Lacey Sturm
  • Lilith Czar
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Motionless In White
  • Nonpoint
  • Nothing More
  • Nova Twins
  • Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Skillet
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • The Standstills
  • Wage War
  • Wargasm
  • Zero 9:36

The following artists will also perform as part of The Stowaways all-star band:

  • Alecia “Mixi” Demner (Stitched Up Heart)
  • Andy Wood
  • Angela Lese (ex-The Dead Deads)
  • Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen)
  • Chad Nicefield (ex-Wilson)
  • Corey Glover (Living Colour)
  • Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate)
  • Dameon & Gabe Aranda (Aranda)
  • Davey Suicide
  • David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth)
  • Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara)
  • Hyro The Hero
  • Joey Morrow (Badflower)
  • Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin)
  • Leo Moracchioli (Frog Leap Studios)
  • Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Sahaj Ticotin (RA)

Beartooth Announce New Headlining Shows

Beartooth have announced some new headlining shows. Here’s the dates:

08/06 Columbus, OH – Kemba LIVE! (Outdoor) (with Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada, and ERRA)
08/18 Sioux Falls, SD – The District (with Bad Omens)
08/28 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry (with Glasslands)
08/31 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater (with Glasslands)
09/03 Detroit, MI – The Shelter (with Glasslands)

Bad Omens Add More Dates To Upcoming European/UK Tour

Bad Omens have added several more dates to their upcoming European/UK tour. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

02/03 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
02/04 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
02/05 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
02/06 Cologne, GER – Live Music Hall
02/08 Berlin, GER – Hole44
02/10 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
02/11 Prague, CZE – Fuch52
02/12 Budapest, HUN – Akvarium Klub
02/13 Vienna, AUT – Flex Cafe
02/15 Munich, GER – Strom
02/16 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
02/17 Zurich, SWI – Plaza
02/19 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
02/20 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
02/21 Antwerp, BEL – Trix Club
02/23 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms
02/24 Bristol, UK – Exchange
02/25 Leeds, UK – Beckett SU
02/27 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
02/28 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
03/01 Birmingham, UK – Asylum
03/02 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
03/03 London, UK – The Dome
03/04 London, UK – The Dome
03/06 Bristol, UK – Exchange

Bad Omens Announce 2023 European/UK Tour

Bad Omens have booked a headlining European/UK tour for next year. Opening acts will be revealed at a later date.

Tour Dates:

02/04 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
02/05 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
02/06 Cologne, GER – Gebaude 9
02/08 Berlin, GER – Hole44
02/10 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
02/11 Prague, CZE – Fuch52
02/12 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
02/13 Vienna, AUT – Flex Cafe
02/15 Munich, GER – Kranhalle
02/16 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
02/17 Zurich, SWI – Plaza
02/19 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
02/20 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
02/21 Antwerp, BEL – Trix Bar
02/23 Southampton, UK – Joiners
02/24 Bristol, UK – Exchange
02/25 Leeds, UK – The Key Club
02/27 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
02/28 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
03/01 Birmingham, UK – Asylum
03/02 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
03/03 London, UK – The Dome