Ronnie Radke Of Falling In Reverse

Falling In Reverse’s Ronnie Radke Slams Venue Over Merch Cut: “…These Venues Are STEALING From The Artist”


You can add the voice of Falling In Reverse vocalist Ronnie Radke to the ever-growing chorus of artists speaking out against the practice of merch cuts. That much derided practice has almost universally never sat well with artists, but has become even more loathed in recent years, as revenue from music sales has continually diminished and the costs of touring have significantly increased.

If you’ve missed the controversy on that issue in the past, you can dig into some of this year’s uproar. This fall saw at least a faint glimmer of hope for some touring artists, with Live Nation launching an initiative that waives merch cuts in select venues, while also providing gas/travel stipends. However, as it stands, that practice is expected to remain in place through to the year’s end, with other venues likely financially unable to follow suit.

Speaking after headlining the ‘93X Nutcracker‘ event at the Armory in Minneapolis, MN last night (December 08th), Radke vented against the venue for trying to enact a 25% cut of the gross of all merch sales generated from merchandise sold within the venue during the band’s show. While Live Nation were a co-promoter of that event, it would appear that the aforementioned initiative did not apply to the bill, which also featured Daughtry and Sleep Theory.

Venting online via social media, Radke railed against the aforementioned venue, revealing that he and his platinum-certified band chose to not sell merch in response to the suggested merch cut. Here’s what Radke had to say:

“@93XRadio nut cracker was an amazing show with daughtry I’ll do it again next year if they want, amazing radio station and I’m grateful for the support

Last night I refused to sell falling in reverse merch in the venue we were playing in because @ArmoryMn demanded I paid 25% of gross sales to them so I told @ArmoryMn to go fuck themselves and just didn’t sell merch because it didn’t sit right with me to have to up charge the fans 100 dollars a hoodie because the greedy venue thinks 25% of gross merch sales from a band is okay, for your information these venues taking a merch cut is criminal, there is no reason or excuse for venues to take bands merch % they do it because we let them get away with it, it’s literally stealing.

There’s not a single reason these venues have that makes this okay. so to anyone out there ever wondering why merch is so expensive it’s because these venues are STEALING from the artist. Last night I told @armorymn to go fuck themselves on stage and if any of you bands play this venue I’d advise you do the same, the only way this bullshit is gonna change is if we as bands all stand together and fuck their bottom line up.

Streaming takes our money, the venue takes our money the artist gets DESTROYED and disrespected by these greedy fucks. So one more time FUCK @ArmoryMn in Minneapolis but thank you to the fans the huge show and the radio station and I’m sorry we couldn’t sell our merch!”

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