According to Amanda Palmer, the privilege of playing on her Theater Is Evil tour is compensation enough for “professional-ish” horn and string players to join her onstage. The cabaret-punk superstar, who recently broke the high score on Kickstarter, put out a notice on her blog a few weeks ago asking her musically talented fans to volunteer to play dates on her worldwide tour. When it came to payment, she could only promise beer, high-fives, and good times.
When interviewed about the unorthodox move, Palmer replied that paying the musicians she needed (a string quartet and three to four brass and sax players) would cost about $35,000 all told—a fee she simply “couldn’t afford.” With a $1.2 million Kickstarter campaign recently under her belt, we wonder how exactly musician fees were written out of the budget. But hey—Amanda says the fans that have volunteered so far seem happy to be on board, so it’s all good, right?