What does it mean to rock?
That is the eternal question. And according to StubHub, "the world's largest ticket marketplace," it's all about a willingness to shell out obscene amounts of money (approx. $130) for resale tix to U2's 360° Tour at Sun Life Stadium.
Earlier today, the "eBay company" released its 2011 Concert Ticket Sales Report, naming Miami the "Third Most Rockin' City in 2011."
Using "gross ticket sales per capita" as its main criteria, this "full annual review of concert sales on StubHub.com" has determined that the Magic City is "home to some of the biggest music fans in America."
StubHub's Most Rockin' Cities of 2011
1. Hartford, CT
5. Las Vegas
6. Kansas City, MO
Based upon StubHub's data, there are only two U.S. municipalities that rock harder than the MIA: (1) The wild-ass metropolis of Hartford, Connecticut; and (2) that boiling bastion of hooliganism known as Boston, Massachusetts.
Each of these "Most Rockin' Cities" earned that honor after selling the shit outta pseudo-scalped StubHub tix for a particular "most popular music event in the area."
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But while Miami's biggest seller was U2's 360° Tour (AKA The Super Bowl of Rock Spectacles!), Harford fans went broke for country-pop princess and perfume entrepreneur Taylor Swift while Bostonians crapped their pants over human cowboy hat Kenny Chesney.
So even though we here at Crossfade still haven't adequately answered our initial query ("What does it mean to rock?"), we've already got a follow-up question: "WTF is up with the state of rocking' in the United States of America?"