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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2013, 04:49:35 PM »
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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.

I know, what the hell is there to scream about seeing U2? 


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2013, 04:50:52 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.

Don't underestimate the decibel level that a mere 500 Bieberettes can generate.


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2013, 05:10:36 PM »
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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.

I know, what the hell is there to scream about seeing U2? 



Now, now--I'm just saying I'd rather the loudest part of seeing any concert be the crowd response.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2013, 05:36:12 PM »
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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.

I know, what the hell is there to scream about seeing U2? 



Now, now--I'm just saying I'd rather the loudest part of seeing any concert be the crowd response.

I was being serious.


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2013, 07:18:06 PM »
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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.

I know, what the hell is there to scream about seeing U2? 



seeing U2.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2013, 07:49:13 PM »
Kylie Minogue in Montreal had a louder audience than any of the four U2 shows I went to.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2013, 07:59:31 PM »
Green Day and Flogging Molly were louder...and wilder.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2013, 08:19:11 PM »
^Lies! ^^Wrong!

Your empirical observations will not suffice! You must provide hard data from sound-measuring equipment.

But seriously, maybe we should differentiate between the different kinds of crowd noises.  In my experience, a shriek is more piercing than a roar, but it often peters out quickly because who can do that for longer than 40 minutes?

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2013, 09:35:03 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.

Oh absolutely, the crowds are much bigger but as the crowds get a bit older, naturally they aren't screaming as loud as the young ones at shows. Loudest U2 crowd I've seen was probably Sydney 2006 but that held 80,000 or so.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2013, 08:41:30 AM »
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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.

Oh absolutely, the crowds are much bigger but as the crowds get a bit older, naturally they aren't screaming as loud as the young ones at shows. Loudest U2 crowd I've seen was probably Sydney 2006 but that held 80,000 or so.

               Well, if that were true, it would not matter. The much higher numbers of people more than compensate for the alleged differences from age.

               The Rolling Stones also probably have an older audience than U2, but you can certainly hear the crowd cheer in all the  youtube videos of their 2012 shows.

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2013, 08:57:02 AM »
As others mentioned, venue matters, indoor vs. outdoor etc.

The Rose Bowl how was very muted compared to the anaheim shows which is about a 40,000 fewer crowd. Of course part of that was fewer nloth/obscure songs which people were never there to see to begin with.


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2013, 10:56:44 AM »
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As others mentioned, venue matters, indoor vs. outdoor etc.

The Rose Bowl how was very muted compared to the anaheim shows which is about a 40,000 fewer crowd. Of course part of that was fewer nloth/obscure songs which people were never there to see to begin with.

Wasn't that show at the Rose Bowl the biggest concert ever assembled there? Confession: I don't really connect with those performances when I watch them. I think you're onto something...

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2013, 11:31:59 AM »
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As others mentioned, venue matters, indoor vs. outdoor etc.

The Rose Bowl how was very muted compared to the anaheim shows which is about a 40,000 fewer crowd. Of course part of that was fewer nloth/obscure songs which people were never there to see to begin with.

Wasn't that show at the Rose Bowl the biggest concert ever assembled there? Confession: I don't really connect with those performances when I watch them. I think you're onto something...

U2's show at the Rose Bowl was not only the largest concert ever at that venue, it was the 2nd largest concert ever in the United States, with the exception of festivals or free concerts.



The ranked list below includes the highest attended, non-festival, ticketed, concerts in United States History!

01. Grateful Dead - Raceway Park; English Town New Jersey (September 3, 1977)
Attendance: 107,019
Gross: $1,091,790

02. U2 - Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2009)
Attendance: 97,014
Gross: $9,960,036

03. The Who - JFK Stadium; Philadelphia, PA. (September 25, 1982)
Attendance: 91,451
Gross: $1,440,353

04., 05. Rolling Stones - JFK Stadium; Philadelphia, PA. (September 25-26, 1981)
Attendance: 181,564 (average 90,782 per show)
Gross: $2,859,633

06. , 07. , 08. , 09. Rolling Stones - LA Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles, CA. (October 18-19; 21-22, 1989)
Attendance: - 360,068 (average 90,017 per show)

10. U2 - New Meadowlands Stadium; East Rutherford New Jersey. (July 20, 2011)
Attendance: 88,491
Gross: $8,927,150

11. Rolling Stones - Superdome; New Orleans, LA. (December 5, 1981)
Attendance: 87,500
Gross: $1,531,250

12. U2 - John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia (Sept. 25, 1987)
Attendance: 86,145
Gross: $1,593,683

13. U2 - FedExField; Landover, Md. (Sept. 29, 2009)
Attendance: 84,754
Gross: $6,718,315

14. Journey - Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif. (July 2, 1982)
Attendance: 83,214
Gross: $1,373,031

15. The Who - LA Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles, CA. (October 29, 1982)
Attendance: 83,000
Gross: $1,365,415

16., 17., 18., 19. Bruce Springsteen - LA Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles, Calif. (Sept 27-30 & Oct 2, 1985)
Attendance: 331,892 (average 82,973 per show)
Gross: $5,688,445

20., 21. U2 - Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ. (September 23-24, 2009)
Attendance: 161,810 (average 80,905 per show)
Gross: $16,128,950

22. Pink Floyd - JFK Stadium; Philadelphia, PA (September 19, 1987)
Attendance: 80,754

23. Rolling Stones - Superdome; New Orleans, La. (July 13, 1978)
Attendance: 80,173
Gross: $1,060,000

24. The Who - Rich Stadium; Buffalo, N.Y. (September 26, 1982)
Attendance: 80,000
Gross: $1,200,000

25., 26. Rolling Stones - Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas (November 1, 3, 1981)
Attendance: 156,000 (average 78,000 per show)
Gross: $2,695,332

27. U2 - INVESCO Field at Mile High; Denver, Colorado (May 21, 2011)
Attendance: 77,918
Gross: $6,663,410

28. Aerosmith - Silverdome; Pontiac, Michigan (May 8, 1976)
Attendance: 76,900
Gross: $645,824

29., 30. Rolling Stones - Silverdome; Pontiac, Michigan (November 30, December 1, 1981)
Attendance: 152,696 (average 76,348 per show)
Gross: $2,290,490

31. Led Zeppelin - Silverdome; Pontiac, Michigan (April 30, 1977)
Attendance: 76,000
Gross: $790,555

32. Pink Floyd - Ohio State University Stadium; Columbus, Ohio (May 29, 1994)
Attendance: 75,250
Gross: $2,406,920

33. The Who - Silverdome; Pontiac, Mich. (September 30, 1982)
Attendance: 75,000
Gross: $1,119,000

34. Rolling Stones - Rich Stadium; Buffalo, N.Y. (September 27, 1981)
Attendance: 75,000
Gross: $1,125,000

35. Rolling Stones - Sun Devil Stadium: Tempe, Arizona (December 13, 1981)
Attendance: 74,637
Gross: $1,287,488

36. U2 - M&T Bank Stadium: Baltimore Maryland (June 22, 2011)
Attendance: 74,557
Gross: $6,832,510

37. Backstreet Boys - Georgia Dome, Atlanta (Feb. 19, 2000)
Attendance: 73,337
Gross: $2,787,098

38., 39. Bruce Springsteen - Orange Bowl; Miami, Florida (September 9-10, 1985)
Attendance: 146,458 (average 73,229 per show)
Gross: $2,563,015

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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2013, 11:58:14 AM »
90000 people and during NLOTH songs it was pretty much *crickets*

I've been to louder shows at the Orange County fair.


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Re: Has any other band you've seen had a louder crowd than U2?
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2013, 12:05:58 PM »
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90000 people and during NLOTH songs it was pretty much *crickets*

I've been to louder shows at the Orange County fair.

            Doesn't seem that way in the youtube clips as well as the DVD produced of the show. If things were that bad, U2 would have used another show from another city for the DVD.

           Yes, there is less fan reaction with new songs. Same thing happened on ZOO TV with the songs from Achtung Baby.