In a new interview with Dom Smith of Soundsphere magazine, CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth spoke about the realities of post-pandemic touring, including increased travel expenses — gas, tour buses, hotels and flight costs. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We’re a bit in a weird state of play at the present because of the whole Russian scenario. That’s had a knock-on effect with fuel and bus hire. People really now have not been able to afford to do a lot, so tours are becoming very difficult.
“There’s a lot of American bands I’ve spoken to — big bands as well — who are not touring Europe for a while,” he continued. “A lot of English and mostly European bands are not touring America for a while. Now there’s even talk of bigger taxation by venues on merch, places taking bigger cuts of the band’s merch, which is their life’s blood, seeing as everything’s digital these days and physical product’s down. And America is now talking about upping the cost of touring there, the prices of the visa. I mean, it’s about 30 quid for them to come over here; it’s in the thousands for us to go there.
“So, yeah, it’s all doom and gloom now,” Dani added. “Obviously, as everything goes in cycles as well, we’re seeing a bit of a re-emergence, a bit of a reaffirmation of the whole metal community.”
Financial issues are continuing to wreak havoc on the touring industry, with the economics of the business simply not adding up.
Acts of all sizes are canceling or postponing shows, with several claiming that it was “not sustainable” for them to go ahead with the tours.
For many midsized acts, ticket sales are not even enough to cover their overheads.
Last October, SHINEDOWN canceled its previously announced fall 2022 dates in continental Europe due to “economic and logistical side of touring”. ANTHRAX also canceled shows in continental Europe as part of its fall 2022 touring activities, citing “ongoing logistical issues” and “costs that are out of our control.”
CRADLE OF FILTH will release its first live album in over 20 years, “Trouble And Their Double Lives”, on April 28, 2023 via Napalm Records. The LP was recorded between 2014 and 2019 at different performances in the USA, Europe, Australia and beyond during the band’s “Cryptoriana” world tour and dates following.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with recording captured by Danny B, the brand new live offering not only features a slew of fan favorites encompassing the band’s discography — such as “Nymphetamine (Fix)” , “Bathory Aria” and “Blackest Magick in Practice” — but also two bonus tracks and two entirely brand new songs, “She Is A Fire” and “Demon Prince Regent”.