Bands Avoid High Gas Prices

Jun 17th, 2008 // 4 Comments

iStock_000005107927XSmall.jpgEveryone who thinks “hey, don’t worry, bands and labels can make up all that money lost from dropping-like-a-stone CD sales on the road”–and even people who have some semblance of sense–should read this Oregonian piece on the effects of high gas prices on touring bands, which contains factoids like this: “But a $200 door guarantee doesn’t stretch nearly as far these days. [Portland duo] Talkdemonic, for example, travels in a van that gets close to 17 miles a gallon on the highway ‘if we don’t drive over 70 mph,’ O’Connor says. Covering the 635 miles to San Francisco takes about 37 gallons of gas each way. With gas well over $4, that’s more than $300 for a round trip.” (Hey, you know what can make up that shortfall? Selling CDs! Oh, wait.) [The Oregonian / Photo: Jamie Carroll]

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  1. Anonymous

    Why does a DUO need to drive a full van? Hopefully it’s to store the large quantities of crystal meth they plan on selling in downtown SF.

  2. TheRunningboard7

    I have an odd feeling that Furry Rock will become huge, as the only affordable touring a band can do will be in Second Life.

  3. Captain Wrong

    @owenmeany: Wow, my first thought too. I’m in a five piece band and (as long as we know there’s a back line provided) we’ve traveled in a Subaru Outback.

  4. KikoJones

    Unless they travel w/tons of gear, they could tour in a car (see Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow during their acoustic Posies tours). If that’s not an option, how ’bout filling up the van w/merch to offset the costs. But I’m sure they’ve thought of this already, right?

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