The World’s Loudest Concerts
The Beatles famously complained that they weren’t able to play their music due to how loud their fans were screaming, and it’s a problem that has continued through the years for a number of musicians. The only way to beat the fans is by building larger stages with more powerful sound equipment, and many musicians have done just that, creating concerts that were so loud that they could be heard from impressive distances. Many concerts also have had their loudness recorded, with many reaching almost 140 decibels, the loudness of a plane taking off.
AC/DC – 1980
AC/DC started their Back in Black tour in 1980, and it proved to be one of the most successful tours of all time. Their shows were so loud that they were told by promoters that they needed to turn the volume down, with one concert reaching as high as 130 decibels. Their performances were so loud, in fact, that they were forced to reschedule a number of shows due to Brian Johnson facing permanent hearing loss.
Motorhead – 1986
Motorhead played a famous show while at the Variety Theatre in Cleveland of 1986, and it became one of the loudest of all time. Reports stated that the music was as high as 130 decibels, which was actually causing some structural damage to the stage, with many remarking at how the plaster was coming down around the band during the show. For those with sensitive hearing, it makes more sense to stay at home and have fun at Canadian Gambling sites.
The Beatles – 1965
The Beatles remain as the world’s most famous band, and that fame reached its peak in 1965 when the band was performing the famous Shea Stadium show. The performance, which became a legend for a number of different reasons, was also one of the loudest of all time, reaching 130 decibels in total. In fact, a detailed analysis done on the show calculated that the concert reached precisely 131.35 decibels.
Manowar – 2008
Manowar is a heavy metal band that is known for its loud shows, with the band holding records for loudness in their 1984 and 1996 performances. During a rehearsal for their 2008 gig for the Magic Circle Festival in Germany, a small group of fans were able to watch as the band tested out their equipment. It was reported that Manowar hit 139 decibels during the rehearsal, making it possibly one of the loudest of all time.
My Bloody Valentine – 2008
Performing at the 2008 Roseland Ballroom in New York City, the band put on a show that would become known by viewers as so loud it was terrifying. While there aren’t any official records, the audience reported that the show was so loud that the singers’ voices were being drowned out by the guitars, with many saying that it sounded like the singers had been buried. It was a performance that left many with a long-term ringing in their ears, a fairly common problem among concertgoers that enjoy particularly loud bands.
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