Private Shows: How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band

Want QOTSA for your backyard BBQ? Sure, but it'll cost ya.

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Here's a wild idea - instead of just carrying a stereo to your backyard, how about you book an actual rockstar for your upcoming backyard BBQ birthday party?

It'll cost ya quite a penny, but c'mon, you could have Josh Homme calling one of your friends a "chickensh-t f--king f-ggot" in your own backyard! He might even threaten to buttf--k him in front of everyone! Now wouldn't that be something.

Anyhow, we'll just go ahead to the juicy bit and list the prices below. Won't be doing much chit-chat, after all this one's all about the prices. Thanks to NME for the info, now on to the list!

Arcade Fire - $1.3 million

We're not sure if bobbleheads are included, but Win Butler and co. would require you to cough up quite a hefty sum.

Mick Jagger - $1 million

It's Jagger, so any price is the right price. And for the record, the Stones get about $1.5 million per gig as a band.

Muse - $1 million

They recently turned 20, so wouldn't it be something having these guys for a private 20th birthday show?

The Black Keys - $975,000

It might be a tad less than Arcade Fire, but remember, these guys are a two-piece band.

Green Day - $730,000

If you're looking to punk things up, why not hire Green Day. There's the matter of $730,000 advance though...

Blink-182 - $660,000

Would've been cool if their requested figure included a number 182, but it is what it is.

Imagine Dragons - $660,000

Well they are the latest sensation, so a tad steep price is clearly in order.

Coldplay - $480,000

Seeing how much some of his fellow musicians charge, having Chris Martin and co. turn out as a bargain.

The Raconteurs - $480,000

Yes, Jack White is included in the half-a-million package.

Kings of Leon - $415,000

"I got no money but I want you so," goes their song...

Bruce Willis Blues Band - $290,000

Yes! Forget Grohl, screw Homme, Mr "Yippee-ki-yay, motherf--ker" is in the house!

Limp Bizkit - $290,000

Now who the hell would want that, amirite?!

Queens of the Stone Age - $290,000

This one was pretty much covered in the intro.

Dave Grohl - $240,000

Now we're talking! You could actually have Dave Grohl rocking your backyard (Foos not included), you'll just have to not eat or buy anything for about five, six, seven, maybe 10 years, kinda depends on your salary.

Ozzy Osbourne - $190,000

You might want to set another $190,000 for house renovations after the party is done though.

Courtney Love - $25,000

Note: Penis-slamming rants might occur.

Serj Tankian - $17,000

Wake up!

40 comments sorted by best / new / date

    So creating the Supergroup of Dave Grohl, Courtney Love and Serj for the low low price of $282,000? Talk about a bargain!
    Damn...Bruce Willis has a blues band?
    He had an alter ego in the 80's known only as "Bruno". His first album titled "The Return Of Bruno". I didn't even know he left.
    So the better artists who also have a quality back catalogue are cheaper! Amazed how cheap Ozzy is considering that Sharon Osbourne has a reputation for ruthless business and being demanding. Eg the spat with Iron Maiden over not only the Trooper song but when she had their amps disconnected.
    Nero Galon
    I imagine that Arcade Fire cost $1.3m because of all the people they have playing for the show. Then again, still a lot of moolah.
    Yeah, especially cause now they have a bongo or conga line or something and they tour with more than their six core members anyway.
    "We do it for the music!"
    "We really like playing but we have bills to pay too. And producers, and techs, and stage crews, and travel costs, and taxes, and equipment and....."
    If you want to know who would win in the fight - Dave Grohl x Courtney Love, you just have to pay $265,000.
    Imagine Dragons 660,000 and Ozzy 190,000. Something is wrong..
    Not really, Imagine Dragons are a fairly popular band, and have had a large degree of success. It's not that unusual that more relevant bands are being paid higher.
    I find this quite curious... Especially looking who most of the under-200k bands/artists are, and who are those with around 1 million.
    I like Arcade Fire quite a lot, but **** that, I wouldn't fork out all that money to have them playing at my house.
    it's funny/heartbreaking to see how out of touch we are with these guys. Dave's a great guy, great musician, but he's also with over 200 million dollars and it'll cost you over 200 grand to book him for a show. Most of us will never see that type of money
    But if it was only a few thousand then everyone would book him and he wouldn't have time to do all of those shows. If you want to see him then go to a concert, it's much cheaper.
    Sleaze Disease
    Boy, those indie bands sure are full of themselves. Everybody already knows how pretentious The Arcade Fire is, but I'm kind of surprised that the Black Keys are that money-hungry.
    People would really hire limp bizkit to play at an event. Thats like getting Dane Cook to do some comedy.
    Limp Bizkit can pay me to play at my event. Chocolate Starfish my a$$....
    These are the numbers that they get paid to play actual gigs. Thing is when a band blows up and is wanted by loads of the festivals its a supply and demand thing. Simply the festivals need a few huge established acts and also lots of new hot property to get people in through the doors. So while Ozzy, Foos, QOTSA, Muse etc are battling each other to get the big headline spots the festivals are driving up the prices of the new hot property bands because they all want them to play.
    Floyd Phoenix
    This is just private shows right? I can't see how a festival could afford to pay a buttload of bands that much..