robthemac wrote: I don't know how Joe affords it.
I heard a super interesting anecdote a few years back from someone close to the situation. If it's true, it definitely deserves publication.
Apparently, a number of years back when Joe's popularity was on the increase (getting good coverage in the guitar mags etc) he was already killing it touring in the USA, decided it was time to do a Europe tour, and he thought it would be cool to do the Royal Albert Hall (childhood dream etc).
He got in touch with a bunch of promoters and asked them to book him in there.....and was ostensibly laughed out of each office as he wasn't deemed to be popular enough to pull a crowd of that size in that venue.
So he says "fuck it" and books the Royal Albert Hall himself
. At his own risk
. No promoter involved.
As we all know from the DVD, that was a sellout concert, made himself a nice earn, boosted his popularity hugely outside the USA and he didn't need to pay a promoter for the pleasure.
From that point onwards, he apparently stopped using concert promoters and did everything direct with the venue....using his own staff and at his own risk.
I admire this for a whole bunch of reasons (and I reckon many others could take note of this strategy).
Importantly for this conversation.....not having a promoter clicking the ticket in between ticket sales and your gig fee would make a SIGNIFICANT positive difference in your earnings...if you're able to pull a crowd.