Broken Record: Touring Can’t Replace CD Sales
Since I started writing this blog last fall, one question has bothered me: with diminishing CD sales and slow ticket sales, why would anyone think that bands can survive on touring alone?
In numerous blogs, news stories and commentary, I’ve read how musicians shouldn’t complain about the loss of music sales because they can simply make up for it through touring and the merchandise they sell at shows.
I have believed, after speaking to bands, booking agents and club managers/owners, that is simply not true in most cases. Finally, someone else asks the question – in this case the Oregonian – and comes to realize the same thing I have, especially considering rising gas prices.
Related link. I keep linking to this, because I find that it explains “Free Culture” so well.