The Dresden Dolls are a band on the verge of making it. Unless, of course, they don’t. They’ve been touring almost full time for years, playing to ever-larger crowds and opening for some big-name bands. They’ve toured with Nine Inch Nails. But even at that level, it’s very tough for a band to make enough money to survive.
Sitting at his drum set before a show, Viglione says that last year, the band went on tour in February and didn’t get back until November.
“I couldn’t even tell you how many cities we did,” he says. “We went to Europe three or four times, hit Japan, Australia, New Zealand twice.”
Palmer and Viglione might be budding rock stars, but they’re still pretty broke. They have to pay their road crew three to four times what they pay themselves — which is a modest $1,500 a month. Remember, this a band that has toured with Nine Inch Nails. (read more)
Great read. The article illustrates the main issues established bands must deal with when positioned at the fine line between making it or losing it. I thought one could expect a certain form of financial stability when having toured on all continents. Apparently that’s not always the case, even for very popular and talented artists.