Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates spoke in an interview with WSOU. He said that 99.9% of Avenged Sevenfold’s income comes from tours and concerts.

Interviewer asked what is the percentage of Avenged Sevenfold’s income from tour and shows. Synyster Gates replied:

That’s 99.9 percent of it for us. Unfortunately, you can’t download a shirt or live experience. I’m sure that will happen soon. Until it does, we still have a job and we enjoy those things.

“We’re very lucky to be able to play big, successful shows and we don’t take it for granted and we appreciate the fans for that.”

On how rock and metal music crushed by pop and hip-hop, he said:

“I just think rock music doesn’t stream as much as other music, so I think hip-hop and pop is a lot more lucrative for streaming services. I personally don’t hate on them for doing smart business.

It hasn’t affected us. Obviously, we could make more money off of streams than other platforms, but it’s our job to write great music that hopefully brings a broader audience to those platforms. I think it will turn around. I really do.

I don’t think it’s a numbers issue – it’s a demographic. Fortunately for us, our audience still buys CDs and iTunes. They’re kind of newcomers to the monthly subscription-based streaming platforms.

Once those things turn around and become ubiquitous in all cultures, you’ll see those things turn around and it will be more profitable for younger artists. We’re happy, we’re good, but the up-and-comer metal band definitely has it a lot tougher than we ever did.”

You can listen the entire interview via Soundcloud from below. By the way, Avenged Sevenfold has released a new EP titled “Black Reign” on September 21. You can listen it from below.