I like attending shows at "theater" sized venues, and when it calls for it, like to work my way up to the front. I've noticed that bands that run quiet stages (with in-ear monitors / amp modelers) tend to sound pretty weak when standing up front. I suppose it makes sense, since the house PA are usually on either side of the stage, so the front/center part of the audience isn't being hit with a wall of sound. This bums me out because it greatly diminishes what could be a great experience. Crowds are just not as excited... Example, one of my current favorite bands hitting the stage recently: (skip to 2:11) Has anyone else noticed this? Could it be just a bad sound guy, or a cold audience? I think the quiet stage is partly to blame.