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Fact is, touring is expensive for any band

  • Bands keep a close eye on their gear when they travel anywhere. Here, guitars are on display at GTR Showroom in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Bands keep a close eye on their gear when they travel anywhere. Here, guitars…
April 30, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, RedEye

Thinking about taking your band on tour? The costs add up fast, according to Joe Carsello, Metro talent buyer.

First, you need a van, which will likely run from $20,000 to $30,000 or more. Then there's gas money, food, and shelter, and of course gear. In addition to laptops, iPods, and luggage, which individuals may want to take on tour with them, instruments are usually the most high-value cargo in a tour van.

"Usually you leave with no money and you come home with no money," Carsello said. "To protect yourself, it's not unusual to take your gear and load it into whoever's house you're staying at that night."

We asked Carsello to give us some estimated costs:

Van: $20,000-$30,0000

Gas money: $60-$200/day

Band gear: $5,000-$10,000+ includes a guitar, bass, drums set.

Drum set: $2,000+

Guitar pedals: $100-300 each

Amps: at least $500 each

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