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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.


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

Bruce Springsteen Live

Bruce Springsteen Live
Photo by John Leyba 

Adele’s 21 remains the only album to sell a million copies so far in 2012.  The music industry is very much in trouble, but that is nothing that we didn’t already know.  Still, live music continues to bring in a lot of money.  Live music made about one billion dollars in 1995.  In 2006, the business made about 4.6 billion.  Ticket prices continue to go up, but fans keep paying them to see artists live.

Why do we as fans keep paying the high fares and making the effort to see the artists in a live setting, especially if we can’t even fork over the cash to buy their albums?  I wanted to investigate this concept a little.  Here are a few possible reasons I can think of:

1. The Atmosphere

Seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band playing live in an arena of people screaming BRUUUUCCEEEE is exciting.  To be surrounded by fans who are just as enthusiastic about the Boss makes you feel welcome. It makes it a better experience than listening to The River alone in your living room.

2. Fan/Artist Interaction

I put together a podcast below investigating this topic.  In the interviews I conducted, my subject both brought up this idea that there should be a connection between an audience and the artist they are there to see.  The concert should work to bring the two together and make the the artist more accessible.  When the artist takes time to talk to the crowd and relate to them, it usually hypes up the audience and makes the show more exciting.

3.  Simply to see it Live

There are some really good artists that you just feel you need to see in a live setting.  Whether it be for their pure talent, or their personality, it just makes more sense to go see them perform.  When you experience a particular solo, or maybe your favorite song, those memories tend to stick with you when you think about the artist in the future.

Check out my podcast and listen to more support for these theories:

Are there other reasons that you go to shows for?  Tell me about some of them in the comments!