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  • Styx, Foreigner, or...... JumpStart???

    I don't where these gigs or these people come from sometimes....

    ....but a guy calls a couple of weeks ago inquiring about hiring us for his 50th birthday party at his house. Before we return the call, a couple of us discuss some of the details before putting in a bid because often we're way above the budget people looking to hire a band for a backyard party are thinking. But since it's relatively short notice on a weekend we're not likely to book and it's fairly close by...maybe we'll do it for less?

    But in the course of the conversation with the guy he tells us that he was considering trying to book Foreigner or Styx or "somebody like that" for his party. But a friend convinced him that while that would be cool, it wouldn't really be fun. That a band like that would just make the evening all about them and their mini-concert and that he'd be better off looking for a band more like us who would help him throw a party.

    So we put in a bit higher than even our usual top-bid and he jumps on it. "Is this guy for real", I'm thinking? If he's got this kind of money to throw around, shouldn't he also be the kind of guy who's smart enough to not show his hand so easily by telling us he was thinking of hiring STYX?? So I was still a bit cautious thinking maybe it was just some guy yanking our chain. But the signed contract and deposit check just arrived so....

    ...should be easy and fun! But the moral of the story is: you just never know what's out there. There's all sorts of crazy gigs available if you work to make yourself available to them.
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    https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
    https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
    http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

  • #2
    Haha! Good show reading between the lines.

    I have a friend who DID hire Foreigner for her wedding. It was their first, but she made them an offer they could not refuse. $$$
    Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. - Martin Mull

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    • #3
      Haha! Good show reading between the lines.

      I have a friend who DID hire Foreigner for her wedding. It was their first, but she made them an offer they could not refuse. $$$
      Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. - Martin Mull

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      • #4
        Good on you guys, man! Yup, Business 101 tells you two different things:

        1.) Don't share your hand early
        2.) Learn how to read the other person's hand first
        Music, music, I hear music
        Fitch Drums - The Blog for the Aspiring Non-Professional Drummer

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        • #5
          Haha! Good show reading between the lines.

          I have a friend who DID hire Foreigner for her wedding. It was their first, but she made them an offer they could not refuse. $$$


          I believe it. I know that a lot of those bands make more money doing private events than they do on their public concert tours. At least on a per-gig basis.

          I know, for example, that while Michael McDonald hasn't been a member of The Doobie Brothers for years, he very often appears with them at private events. (And public charity gigs too.)

          Just curious...you have any idea what Foreigner got to play that wedding?
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          band websites:
          http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
          https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
          https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
          http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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          • #6
            Good break
            JAM Guitar Lessons. The Long Johns.

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            • #7
              "The rich are not like you and me."

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              • #8
                I believe it. I know that a lot of those bands make more money doing private events than they do on their public concert tours. At least on a per-gig basis.

                I know, for example, that while Michael McDonald hasn't been a member of The Doobie Brothers for years, he very often appears with them at private events. (And public charity gigs too.)

                Just curious...you have any idea what Foreigner got to play that wedding?


                Yes I do, but I promised not to name the exact figure publicly.

                I am probably within bounds of that promise to say it was less than $1M, but more than $100K.
                Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. - Martin Mull

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                • #9
                  but more than $100K.


                  Wow. I would have guessed somewhat less than that. But I really have no clue what it costs to hire a band like that. (Now I do...lol)

                  Guess I should have asked for more....
                  _________________________________________________
                  band websites:
                  http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                  https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                  https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                  http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                  • #10
                    "The rich are not like you and me."


                    They throw better-catered parties, I can tell you that much. Looking forward to the booze and grub at this one, especially now that he saved so much money on hiring the entertainment
                    _________________________________________________
                    band websites:
                    http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                    https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                    https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                    http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                    • #11
                      The costs for some of those bands might not be as much as you think. Check out this site:

                      http://www.eventresourcespresents.com/listframe.cfm
                      "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." - Hunter S. Thompson

                      Band promo shots on railroad tracks were cool in 1981...

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                      • #12
                        Supposedly Keith Urban was in town last week to play a corporate retreat here in Montana last week. A few years ago the same place had Brooks and Dunn.

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                        • #13
                          The costs for some of those bands might not be as much as you think. Check out this site:

                          http://www.eventresourcespresents.com/listframe.cfm


                          Interesting site. It says you can get either Styx or Foreigner for $75K. I wonder if this dude has that kind of money to throw around or was thinking he'd get a band like that for much less.

                          I would think anybody even THINKING of a band like that would have to be thinking at least $20K....
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                          band websites:
                          http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                          https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                          https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                          http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                          • #14
                            Right on, Dave!
                            Hey, speaking of spending crazy money for a band - somebody here in town a couple of weeks back hired Tom Petty for their wedding. I've heard some figures tossed around for cost, all in the low-mid 6 figures, so if someone tells you they have TP on the other line you know how low you have to go to undercut his price...
                            All there really is, is virtue and vice.

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                            • #15
                              Interesting site. It says you can get either Styx or Foreigner for $75K. I wonder if this dude has that kind of money to throw around or was thinking he'd get a band like that for much less.

                              I would think anybody even THINKING of a band like that would have to be thinking at least $20K....


                              Bear in mind that for my friend's wedding, Lou Gramm was back in the band, and it was during the 25th anniversary tour, so they were probably pricier because of it.

                              Also, it wasn't just paying the band... It was the full-on concert experience. As if they were performing in a 20K seat arena, with all of the staging, lighting, and sound that would imply.
                              Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. - Martin Mull

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