I'm the only guy who comes to America and doesn't get paid...

Added on Tuesday 01 November 2005, 09:10 (UTC)

Between the first and second concerts in New York City last week, whilst a storm was battering the east coast of the US (and I was out sight-seeing!), Jay did a number of interviews to the press to help promote the current tour.  A few have been linked to from this site already and another such story has appeared today in the Rocky Mountain News to promote Tuesday's concert in Denver.  Part of the article reads:

Kay hopes Dynamite, the band's sixth album and another blast of old-school funk and soul, gives Jamiroquai the same high profile here that it enjoys around the world. Outside the states, the band sells out huge arenas; here it's playing smaller halls, including the Fillmore Auditorium tonight, as part of its first U.S. tour in years.

Downsizing to venues like the Fillmore isn't a problem for Kay, who says he doesn't mind losing a bit of cash to try again to crack America.

"We have some great state-of- the-art (video) screens that we obviously can't bring. As it is, this leg of the American tour has lost 50 grand. I'm the only guy who comes to America and doesn't get paid," he jokes.

"Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love it. It's like going back 10 years. Yesterday I did New York and it was like I never was away. I like the small venues. They're easier to communicate with the crowd."

The full interview can be read at the Rocky Mountain News website. 

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Interesting comment about "As it is, this leg of the American tour has lost 50 grand." Was that meant to say that eventhough the band is selling out almost every place they play in the U.S., they didn't profit and lost $50,000? Or does that mean they lose $50,000 grand playing a small theater compared to a big arena or stadium? As in they still profit, but not nearly as much?

What I think it is saying that because the band have chosen to book smaller venues (with less capacity), the profits from each gig are much less, and after the touring cost has been deducted, then there is a 50k loss). If the band had chosen to play much larger venues, then they would have made a profit, but only if the tickets all sold, which was probably seen as quite a risk, as some venues didn't sell out until very close to the day of the gig.

If you play to a half-empty arena the vibe just won't be there, and there's no denying that every gig of the current tour has had a superb atmosphere to it.

Now that we know of plans for a March/April tour, I think that the band will now be looking at ticket sales and promotion of the band during the current gigs to determine what size venues should be booked for the next year.

If the album takes off then the band can perhaps scale up to slightly larger venues with the hope of making some money next time around.

As an aside, I read a few months ago that the current U2 tour would only break even after about 50 concerts or something, and would be costing over 1 million pounds each week just to keep the trucks, staff and equipment on the road!

answer to why there is no light show - $$$$$$. what a great article that mark wrote. much love to denver on the press for the concert. after seeing them in such intimate places, i would feel weird seeing them in a huge arena. but i'll take whatever!!

I've seen the band standing 6 feet away and 100 meters away. Deesha, I too will take whatever, but I'll be sure to line up 4 hours before a show to get the six footer view. Stay happy!

Not to stray too far from what is truly important (i.e. the music), but when Mark Brown writes, "Those days are over, sort of...referring to using drugs," is he commenting specifically on cocaine, and not the good, green stuff?
Also, is there any chance Jamiroquai would come back to Texas? I saw them in Fort Worth on the Travelling Without Moving tour and it was incredible. We didn't all vote for Bush.

It's just incredible, they didn't want to come to South America because of the crisis, and they're resigning money and losing grands to play gigs in USA. Let's hope they'll visit us.

GOD I WISH I COULD HAVE GONE TO THE FORT WORTH SHOW! I only started listening to them about a week before they came and I wasnt too into them at the moment. I heard it wasnt packed was it? btw im from dallas could to see another jamiroquai fan in texas!

Bad news, but according to Ticketmaster as of 4pm EST the Denver show had not sold out...

The majority of all concert tours barely net any profits to artists and bands, and in fact, are money-losers! Record companies usually sink their dollars into these money-losing tours in hopes of generating a buzz and record sales. Only "superstar" groups like U2 and the Eagles cash in big on (stadium) tours. Jay is just being honest about the realities of touring. Merchandise is the big moneymaker for musicians, although nowadays the record companies are sinking their greedy teeth into merch profits as well as touring profits. Blame video games and ringtones (in Japan) for a large part of the demise of the record industry.

The Fort Worth show was at The Caravan of Dreams, which has since been converted to a restaurant/comedy club. The floor section was standing room only and the booths and tables were filled. The venue didn't hold that many people, but the crowd that there was completely into the show. I think there are enough people in Texas to support a show...especially if they came to the metroplex, or Austin. Hopefully, they'll prove me right.

At least they scheduled a North America tour, unlike Massive Attack, who didn't tour for 100th Window because the LCD was "too expensive to insure" to bring to NA. I'd have seen them without the LCD....

BUT!! I did see them on the 30th here in Chicago, and it was completely sold out. One of my friends remarked that he hadn't heard a crowd that deafening in years, and I had to agree.

The band was tight, the set was the same as they'd done on several of the other dates, so they were right on. It was a kickass show. Even without the screens... (take THAT 3D!)

There are rare examples where bands do better touring with a core group of fans than with album sales. Just ask Dave Matthews band. They make a large majority of their money on their big tours compared to their album sales. I think 311 is another example of a badn who doesn't sell a lot of albums but still tours a lot to make their $$$$.

P.S. Im seein 311 Friday! I can't wait!

anybody know if jamiro,is touring north america agian in 06.

I pray that they come back to the States!!!!! Please please please!!! Also, would love to see them in a huge arena with the light show! I hope they put out a live DVD!

You guys, no worries, JK has said both in NY and Chicago (And Im assuming elsewhere as well) that they will be back in March. I can't wait!!!!

comic girl, your hopes were answered 3 years ago...

Zed-yes I have that Verona DVD but I want the Dynamite tour-thank you.

Absolutely loved the show in Vegas - I was center floor about 3-4 people back and got a nice "wink" from our guy! Wow! What about those moves - He gives so much to his audience. He's just started here with us folks, a "revolution" if you will. I hope to meet some of you at one of his gigs. Let's get him to San Diego! L.A. is not that far though! Much Love to you Jay & you devoted fans! M-

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