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The Smoking Gun Uncovers How Much Kiss, Weezer, Shinedown, Buckcherry Make on Tour

By October 1, 2010

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The Smoking Gun, the popular website that finds and posts legal documents and mug shots, recently put together a chart of how much different musical acts made per show during their summer tours. It's by no means comprehensive, but there are several rock groups included in the survey, and the results might prove surprising.

Among the rock bands reviewed, Kiss made the most per show, pulling in $500,000 per concert. (Although not said explicitly, my assumption is that this amount is for the band as a whole, not per member.) Weezer snag $150,000 -- the same amount as the Steve Miller Band -- while Buckcherry command $100,000, which is the same as classic-rock vets Heart. Shinedown collect $85,000, and, in case you were ever wondering, Warrant garner $12,000.

Because Dave Matthews Band are such a successful touring group, I'd love to see what they bring in per night. Same with U2, except, of course, they didn't tour the U.S. this summer because of Bono's emergency back surgery. But while it's not a complete picture of the touring environment, The Smoking Gun's report does highlight just how important it is for groups to be out on the road in order to make a living. With album sales continuing to plummet, artists have to survive somehow.

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