But I hear that bands get next to no money from album sales anyway. If loads of people download his stuff wont they be more likely to fill out live shows and sell tasty, tasty merch?
Exactly why people won't agree with him. Most money in music comes from shows, merch, appearances and things like that. So you would think it would be better for a band to give out their free music as much as possible so fans will buy tickets to shows and merch with the money they save. I see this problem as like a church. When a preacher won't shut up about money it gets very annoying and they might lose people by making the church seem likes its all about money. However there will always be the people who just want to support their church and give to it regardless of them constantly begging for it or not. Same with bands, there will always be people who still buy their music just too support them. So I see this as a greedy band who can't adept to the future.