MuchMusic.com caught up with Brandon Barnes from Rise Against for a Coupla Questions, and asked the drummer about whether CD sales are more important than money from live shows. “Well it benefits different people you know. A CD sale typically benefits the label, where a ticket sale benefits the band,” he explained. “The thing about a live show, is obviously we want people to come to our live shows, and the only way we can afford to tour and be away from our families is ticket sales. So obviously we want ticket sales. But the problem is the label never making back their money that they put into us. Sooner or later there won’t be any labels. They need to get the money back that they put into the record to continue what they’re doing. To create a record is really expensive. I don’t think kids realize how expensive it is. You start off in the hole so many thousands of dollars. To not make it back it throws off the whole process.”
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