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When you watch a music performance at home, the only thing you need to worry about is what comfy clothes you’ll be wearing, and when to make the popcorn.  When you go out to a show, you have to consider what artist you want to see,  as well as do you like the venue they’re performing at? Do you want standing room tickets, or more expensive seats.  Is the overall concert worth the amount of money you’re spending?

Watching an award show or a televised concert or a concert dvd can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.  But at the same time, you are not getting the full experience that you would from actually being in the atmosphere.

I like to kick back and watch a concert dvd of an artist that I plan on seeing live.  It gives you a little preview of what you can experience when you are in the same venue as them.  It even gives you a hint at what to expect of the fans who will be in attendance.

 

Here is a short video exploring the thought process of seeing a band live:

 

What are some of your favorite things about watching an artist perform on television?  What about when you see them live?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

Madonna performs during the halftime show

Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

About 111.3 million people watched the Super Bowl last year1. Madonna was the performer at the halftime show. That is a huge audience that probably stayed tune to watch her.  This makes the halftime show a a very important televised musical performance each year.  I put together a timeline to show a history of some memorable (for good and bad) performances from the past.

Timeline of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Timeline of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

You can check out the timeline by clicking the picture above, or here.
What are your favorite performances? Least favorite?  Let me know in the comments!

I came across a survey conducted by songkick.com1 that rated the ten best U.S. cities for concerts.  It also provided the average cost for tickets in those cities. I collected the data and turned it into a visual map (click the link or the map above to see the interactive map).

I think the information is interesting to view by city, but it can be misleading.  Bigger shows in bigger

Average Consol Energy Center Tickets

Average Consol Energy Center Tickets

venues are obviously going to cost more than smaller shows.  So then I got the idea to interpret data based on venue.  I selected four venues in the Pittsburgh area (where I live) and found their average ticket prices.  I averaged the cost of the next 5 listed shows, and that price represented the specific venue.

The ticket prices sorted by venue demonstrate the cost levels that you would pay depending on the venue where an artist is performing. Click the map below to see the visual representation of prices by Pittsburgh venue.

Average Concert Prices by Pittsburgh Venue

Average Concert Prices by Pittsburgh Venue

In case you guys missed it, fun. absolutely killed it on Saturday Night Live this past week. (You think Hulu could have chosen a worse frame to pause that video on?)  It makes me so happy to see bands that truly deserve success to make it such as fun. have.

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fun.
Photo provided by Fueled By Ramen

The band performed the title track off their latest album, ‘Some Nights’ first.  Nate Ruess’ voice just blows me away.  He is always so on point. I’ve been a fan since his last band, The Format, which I insist you check out if you enjoy fun. and don’t know them. Do you guys have a preference between the two bands?

I actually like their second performance of ‘Carry On’ even more, and it’s one of the more boring songs on the album, in my opinion. However, I feel like they put a lot of emotion into their performance and it was more entertaining to watch live.

You should get your hands on fun.’s wildly successful ‘Some Nights‘ if you haven’t already.

What did you think of the performances on SNL? Tell me in the comments!