Via a past interview he took part in, Dino said that the increasing costs of touring are making it “impossible” to make any money while out on tour.
Per a new interview with the Vulgar Display Of Podcast, Dino continues to express his frustrations with touring, speaking to how expensive things like gas have become.
During this new conversation, the Fear Factory guitarist is asked about the band’s upcoming tour with Static-X, which had been postponed, but is taking place next year. It is here that he opens up about his concerns with the current state of touring.
Here is what Dino had to say:
“So much has changed in those couple years, because look how much the economy has gotten really, really over the top with gas and even availability on certain things. Even drivers – just getting a driver, it’s hard. People really don’t understand the cost that goes into doing these tours. Everything affects you, whether it’s venues taking a big cut of the merch sales, to insane diesel and gas prices.
“A lot of people don’t realize that these buses take diesel and diesel is more expensive than gas. So that adds up when you’re spending eight hundred to a thousand dollars just to fill up a tank of a bus. People don’t realize the cost of all that. So it’s getting harder and harder.
“It’s really kind of weird because when we first booked the tour, the economy was much lower than now; and then we do these show contracts for ‘X’ amount of dollars, and all of a sudden, we postpone the tour for a year or so later and so much has changed. Now, these contracts – it doesn’t match to where the economy is at now.
“A lot of people don’t realize that either – that a lot has changed so much. I wish we can go back and renegotiate our contracts, but it’s too late – can’t do it. It is what it is. We’re just not gonna be making the money that we would normally make to do that tour, but we’re still gonna do it. We’re committed to it. We can’t wait to get back on the road and just play in front of all those people.”