BlogMay 21, 2014 9:04 AM ET

How much does it cost to book your favorite band?

The folks at have put together a list of supposed booking fees for a slew of bands. The information comes via third-party booking agency Degy Entertainment. Priceonomics wisely qualifies the reliability of the numbers with the following:

(Note: as a reader pointed out, these are asking prices from a third-party booking agency that specializes in college shows; as such, the numbers are likely inflated. Actual prices negotiated by many of these performers are contingent on a variety of factors.)

Before you read these lists, a few things should be clarified. First of all, they aren't perfect: a few acts are out of place, or suspiciously off -- we'll try to address these below. You'll also notice that there are a few anomalies, and acts that aren't music-related (ie. Myth Busters, who you can rent for a mere $100k); Degy books speakers and corporate entertainment acts too, and a few slipped into these listings. Lastly, keep in mind that these lists aren't comprehensive.

Anyway, here are the (inflated) goods. And yes, we know your favorite band probably isn't actually listed. Sorry.

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anonymous 5/21/2014 6:44:21 AM

Great, now I know how much every single artist I NEVER wanna see would cost me.

ambalamps 5/21/2014 6:51:44 AM

"Creed - $100k"

anonymous 5/21/2014 6:59:08 AM

^^^ Go put on your Emmure album and shutup.

anonymous 5/21/2014 7:02:08 AM

350k to book Nickelback? There are some evil people in this world...

anonymous 5/21/2014 7:02:51 AM

stop spreading this bullshit

RickRock 5/21/2014 7:04:22 AM

I kind of want to see Street Dogs live again.

h0tdack 5/21/2014 7:07:09 AM

lol at DaveMatthews tribute band, and actual band figures

anonymous 5/21/2014 7:13:08 AM

who the fck would pay MOE 35-50k to do anything other than kill themselves

agent_friday 5/21/2014 7:31:21 AM

Bob Dylan: 150K-300K, Justin Beiber: 1mil+

anonymous 5/21/2014 7:39:14 AM

most of these are horse shit

anonymous 5/21/2014 7:55:39 AM

Not pictured: $150-$500 "lambgoat approved" bands

anonymous 5/21/2014 8:26:54 AM

I guess Eric Chute was trying to crowd fund $175k so that he can book Jessica Simpson for Texas Metal fest.

anonymous 5/21/2014 11:19:40 AM

Someone let me borrow 50k so I can rent Anna Kendrick for a night.

MachoMan 5/21/2014 12:41:54 PM


anonymous 5/22/2014 12:03:51 AM

juicy j 40k ... the smashing pumpkins 400k, looks like a bullshit list to me

jew_salesman 5/22/2014 8:36:22 AM

juicy j makes more solo than all of Three Six makes as a group, haha

anonymous 12/23/2014 7:07:41 AM

Manowar 10Mio

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