Ex-Testament Bassist Greg Christian: My 2013 Net Touring Income Was Only $21,000
Last week, ex-Testament bassist Greg Christian detailed his frustration over the inequality of the finances within the band and stated that it was part of his reason for leaving. To further drive home the point, Christian has now revealed his total income for all of the shows he played in 2013, which comes in at just over $37,000 before taxes were taken out.
In a new posting, Christian reveals that after taxes were taken out, he made approximately $25,000 for all of his touring. And without receiving a per diem to help offset the daily expenses of food, it went down to $21,000. He adds, "Considering all the money that Testament brought in for live performances in 2013, [that's] cruel and unusual [punishment]."
Christian's full posting can be read below.
I know last week I said I'd talk about a band meeting that happened in São Paulo - I don't care anymore - I'm done airing the ridiculous, and (believe it or not lol) I'm saying my final peace here - I could go on for as many years as I was back in Testament with stories of being slighted, lies, and greed, but my only real point or complaint is about live performance money. I don't own any part of the records or anything else and don't really care. But to use my name and likeness, as an original member, along with a 'recognizable personality' (for lack of a better term) on stage, along with what I actually brought to the stage, pretty consistently (just look at YouTube) and refuse to give me anything other than the beyond ridiculous deal of NOTHING EVER of show money - though I went through all the sh--ty travel, and all the other 'downsides' to everything, and had my face on the ads, did all the meet n greets, signings, and everything else - is simply wrong. Everything else aside - I worked for and earned, at least some kind of piece of that. That's undeniable. And I'd've been happy with a much smaller piece than I felt I was worth. But not zero.
- I believe it's personal. Directed solely at me. And I think there's a high likelihood it's a direct result of words I spoke back in '96 - though not very tactful, I wasn't exactly wrong about. And to push a petty grudge like that to this point is something I just can't understand. I would never do that to someone I hated, but to do that to someone you spent 20 years on the road with and helped you get where you are??? In my humble opinion (for whatever it's worth) - that... that leaves me speechless - I just don't understand it.
- FYI - for ALL the shows I played in 2013 and ALL the travel and ALL the time away from home and family - before taxes $37,775 - after taxes about $25k - with no PD's and our travel schedule that's actually more like about $21k - ya. that's reality - and considering the $$$ Testament brought in for live performances in 2013 - cruel and unusual - Thanks guys. Love you too. - I'll post a pic of my W2 in the comments. Don't want it to be the 1st thing people see, but if anyone has any doubts - there it is -
anyway... I know I can be a long winded f--- but I finally said my peace...
- this signals an end to my three weeks of throw-up Thursdays. I don't know how anyone else even reads this s--t. Makes me sick, but I had to let it out, and now that I have this summarized, it may be time to see what an attorney thinks... I dunno??? but I'm not holding my breath lol. anyway... on to new music…
Former Testament Greg Christian Shows His 2013 Income