I got that impression too. Hope that's not the case, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is. I think the album not being out really fucked with the grandiose nature of this whole thing. Although, on the positive side, the videos I've seen definitely don't imply that the shows are empty, so... So far so good, I suppose.
Just an estimate, but there were about 1500 at the Portland show last night.
But you know what, I wasn't concerned about the production or the venue, I was just pumped up to see all the bands play. They could've played in a bowling alley and I would've been happy.