What is it with all these small crowds for some metal bands? I read reports about the current Firewind tour with low turn-outs, same thing for some shows of the current Saxon tour, a legendary band with their first "real" North American tour in years. The last Primal Fear tour wasn't too successful in term of crowds either, even if the band itself was awesome. Firewind and Saxon are 2 excellent bands that give great live performances and it's a shame the metal crowd is not attending their shows in higher numbers. I mean, we all know that CDs are not selling too well these days, if these European bands come over here to tour and get noone to attend, someday, they won't tour over here at all. And it's surely not because of the ticket prices. I don't know the cost for every place in the US, but in my place, for Firewind (last fall), Primal Fear (last fall and last spring) and Saxon a couple days ago, all the tickets prices cost me only around $25 to $30. It's not arena tickets at $75 and more. Were there some "traditional" metal bands on tour in the last few years that got good crowds? I think Accept's last tour was quite successful, but apart from them? Even Hammerfall (which is quite well-known and toured over here a lot) didn't sell-out the venue on their last tour.