Re: Costs of touring
The money for big bands is in the merchandise, which is why a T-shirt at a Wembley or O2 Arena show is so astronomically priced.
As for bands at the opposite end of the scale, we have little chance of breaking even on a tour. CD sales dried up once things like Napster took off, while T-shirt sales and the smallish fee we earn from the promoter wont even cover accommodation, minibus hire and fuel.
I still gig because I enjoy it - the reason I started doing it in the first place, and of course the only reason to be doing it. However, when I started at the tail end of the 1990s, we broke even when touring, thanks solely to CD sales.