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Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« on: April 04, 2013, 09:26:55 AM »
For me it was Pearl Jam.



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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 09:42:10 AM »
It's really hard for me to judge the loudness. A stadium crowd singing along to ISHFWILF on a live recording sounds like it must be really loud, but then in person it didn't feel that overwhelming. Maybe all that space and being outdoors makes it hard for the sound to be concentrated (you can tell I'm very scientific, can't you ;)).  It feels louder being on the floor in a venue with a 2,000 person capacity (and I've never seen U2 in such a venue).

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 11:00:22 AM »
The Jacksons' audience was half screaming kids; the Violent Femmes had a lot of screaming girls (late '80s), those two crowds were at least as loud as any U2 crowd I've ever seen. The Who's crowd ('79, '82 and '89) was extremely loud, too.

Slayer's crowd the first time I saw them (1991) might've been louder than all others, though. It's really hard to say; like BSS said, the venue plays a huge part in perceived crowd loudness. The Jacksons' and the Who's shows were in a domed football stadium (which makes the crowd noise much, much louder), and the Femmes were in a 4,000-seat theater. I'm giving it to Slayer's crowd because the first time I saw them was in a 15k-capacity outdoor amphitheater and that crowd was INSANE. The chants of "SLAYYYYER! SLAYYYYER!" over and over were deafening.
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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2013, 11:28:01 AM »
zoo tv was as loud as i have heard... but it all depends on where u are in the stadium or arena.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013, 11:31:06 AM »
Muse at wembley stadium was much louder than U2 at the same venue for 360.

The crowd was younger too from what i saw - which probably makes a difference.

There was a lot more energy from the Muse crowd.

I would say that there is a lot of crowds who make more noise than U2's, certainly for stadium shows, a lot of very casual fans make up the crowds for U2's stadium shows.


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013, 11:41:50 AM »
I've seen louder crowds. Iron Maiden and Pearl Jam were definately louder

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2013, 11:53:32 AM »
You actually need equipment to measure the sound to prove which crowd is louder or not. Ones experience from one concert to another proves nothing. Your experience on what is loud could be impacted simply by who you are near, position in the venue, and also conditions inside your ear as well. Another thing is that crowds inside indoor venues will typically sound louder than in outdoor venues.

                 
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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2013, 12:03:18 PM »
Next gig i attend i will take a decibel meter with me, move around the venue and make sure i have my ears syringed, then i'll report back.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2013, 01:20:20 PM »
I believe bt has taken said readings on the last few tours in preparation for this debate.

But during NLOTH songs it got so quiet he thought it had malfunctioned.

What with that album being the reason people went to those shows and all.,,.


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2013, 01:33:55 PM »
I love how every responder to the OP has qualified their posts by saying things "where I was," or "the crowd was younger" or "maybe it's the venue," yet someone still had to come in here and post that we're all incorrect and there's no way we could possibly measure the sound in an accurate way. I love you, forum people  :-*

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2013, 03:41:09 PM »
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Next gig i attend i will take a decibel meter with me, move around the venue and make sure i have my ears syringed, then i'll report back.

there's probably an app for that.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2013, 04:19:30 PM »
I'll bet Bieber's audience are louder.


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2013, 04:38:15 PM »
Too many to name, U2 crowds are not louder than the average show.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2013, 04:42:07 PM »
I am obviously an old fart--I see nothing endearing about a crowd screaming at the top of their lungs.  At several U2 shows I've seen, the crowd was painfully loud.  I'd much rather experience hearing loss as a result of the music itself, rather than from 20,000 people screaming like maniacs.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2013, 04:49:04 PM »
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Too many to name, U2 crowds are not louder than the average show.

            Maybe, maybe not. But, with an average audience of 66,000 per show on U2's last tour, its safe to say that number of people would generate more noise than the 16,000 at a single Pearl Jam or Metallica show, which would be roughly the average per show for their last tours. The type of venue though, indoors or outdoors could make a big difference. But generally speaking, a crowd that is on average 4 or 5 times the size of these other crowds is not going to be even competitive when it comes to noise.