Billboard has published the latest round of Boxscore data, and a few things are obvious. First, Beyonce grosses several million dollars per show and sells out wherever she performs. But you probably already knew that, and more importantly, we're guessing you don't give a shit.
So, with that out of the way, let's move to the metal scene. Two shows in the report caught my eye. Here's one:
Artist: Volbeat, Trivium, Digital Summer
Venue: City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Date: April 6, 2014
Gross Sales: $66,535
Attendance/Capacity: 1,702 / 1,702
Prices: $45, $38
That's pretty impressive. And in fact, nine days later those three same bands sold out a 5,700+ seat venue in La Cross, WI, grossing a total of $201,188. But that was on a Friday night, so we'll be kind to the next three bands we're about to mention and use the smaller show. What three bands, you ask? Here:
Artist: All That Remains, Darkest Hour, Wilson
Venue: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Date: April 9, 2014
Gross Sales: $4,840
Attendance/Capacity: 242 / 1,200
Woah. That's not good. Granted, this was on a Wednesday night, but that excuse only goes so far. Let's break this down a bit.
Volbeat plays the most accessible brand of music out of the lot and their last album, released a year ago, has sold roughly 205,000 copies in the U.S. to date. For their part, Trivium's latest album has sold nearly 50,000 copies; nothing to sneeze at.
Meanwhile, All That Remains, while not as popular as Trivium, is still supposed to be a fairly bankable band. They aren't exactly playing brutal death metal, and their last album, 2012's A War You Cannot Win, has sold nearly 113,000 copies in the United States. Not too shabby. And how about Darkest Hour? They haven't released an album since 2011, and they're not nearly as popular as Trivium, but Washington D.C. is their hometown and you'd think they could draw at least 100 people on their own.
Perhaps there were other facts involved that I'm not aware of, but 242 people at a $20 All That Remains and Darkest Hour show in a large city seems really odd. I want answers. Do you have any?
This is too funny not to pass along. Tickets for the annual Salem Community Easter Drama performance in Salem, VA were accidentally adorned with the logo of metal band Lamb of God
. You can see the ticket below.
Prior to the performance, the organization was made aware of the mishap and issued the following:
"We understand there have been some unfriendly comments online because of a graphic we used on one of our invitation tickets that had not been properly vetted. That graphic is on those tickets only and is not the 'official' logo for the drama. We apologize for our mistake and for any confusion we may have caused. Now, back to our true purpose, and that is lifting the name of Jesus Christ!"
Hopefully nobody tells the Salem Community Easter Drama people that Lamb of God's original name was Burn The Priest. That would make this really awkward.
[thanks, Metal Sucks
There are many places I don't expect to see the (mostly underground) bands we cover mentioned, and one of those is definitely the Twitter feed of NHL hockey franchise the Los Angeles Kings
. We're sure it's not the team owner, President, or anyone significant within the organization handling their social media, but we don't care; if Shai Hulud
gets mentioned in a cool way, we're all for it. Check it out.
Allow me to play psychologist for a moment, please. Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke posted the tweet below this afternoon. And on the surface he seems to be saying, "Hey, I'm not really that bad. There's no reason for people to treat me like a pariah."
However, what he's really trying to communicate is this: "Tim Lambesis took some heat for the mistakes he made, but it's nothing compared to what I endured for the whole mic stand thing. I've reached a point where I'm just so important that I generate a huge reaction for everything I do."
Now you know. Carry on.