That totally makes a lot of sense, as long as someone is willing to take that financial risk.... Let's be honest here. . . Unless there is a VERY strong local opener, these shows aren't exactly going to be packed shows. I guess this is where I will have to play devil's advocate against this practice. While I see what they are doing, what happens if each gig draws less than 100? Their management / label / etc may not choose to take another chance. Now if they put them out on the road supporting a larger band on their label or booking agent roster off the bat, they can gauge how well they do to a true metal "audience" (IE - did they win anyone over?) Amon Amarth is a great example of this. They did a number of tours supporting larger bands before they broke out as a solid headliner and stole the show all the time. Anyhow, best of luck to them. Will be curious to hear how this plays out.