An old cliche insists that rock music should only be played at one volume: loud. This might explain why so many bands have performed their music in large venues, amphitheaters, and even sport stadiums. The Beatles established this trend on August 15, 1965, when they became the first rock band to perform in an American sports stadium, which was hosted in Shea Stadium in Queens, New York. The Beatles’ decision to perform at very high decibel levels prompted health officials to declare that prolonged exposure to such high levels of noise would permanently damage concertgoers’ middle ear bones and inner ear nerves. Although these warnings did not discourage bands, who continue to play music at very loud volumes, many concertgoers started to protect their ears with earplugs.
Today, millions of people around the world attend rock concerts. For example, in 2012 alone, more than 38 million people visited Las Vegas to see Broadway shows, such as Wicked, and popular concerts, such as Justin Bieber and Adele, the latter of whom won the first Brit Awards Critics’ Choice in 2008. Millions ordered their concert and Broadway tickets online, where it is possible to find cheap Wicked tickets and cheap Justin Bieber concert tickets. Because Bieber has a higher “influence” rating on the Klout online scale than Barack Obama or the Dalai Lama, Justin Bieber concert tickets are extremely expensive, and consequently, many people order Justin Bieber tickets online. Venues and scalpers often charge higher prices for Justin Bieber concert tickets than websites which offer affordable Justin Bieber concert tickets.