Synyster Gates Says Touring Generates "99.9 Percent" of Avenged Sevenfold’s Income

How the band has adapted to streaming

October 16, 2018
Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold performs

Jeremy Long-USA TODAY Sports

Despite garnering a billion streams and pros such as being able to surprise drop latest album The Stage, the fraction of a cent streaming services pay per play has left Avenged Sevenfold needing to find other ways to make money.

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In a recent interview with college radio station WSOU, guitarist Synyster Gates revealed that touring is “99.9 percent of it for us.”

“Fortunately, you can't download a shirt or live experience. I'm sure that will happen soon. Until it does, we still have a job and we enjoy those things,” he continued. The band has used the shift to digital as an opportunity to adapt, focusing on how grateful they are to have fans that come out to shows and still buy albums.

“Obviously, we could make more money off of streams than other platforms, but it's our job to write great music that hopefully brings a broader audience to those platforms.”

Their latest release started off just on streaming services, delivering the Call Of Duty track “Mad Hatter” online before offering a physical version of the Black Reign EP that’s honestly largely just meant for collectors.