I've always been a front row guy. I've been right up against the stage in bars for Stevie Ray, Thorogood, Fabulous Thunderbirds, NRBQ, Lucero, Little Feat, Toots & the Maytals, Johnny Winter and many more. In small theaters, I've been in the front row for BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Santana, Stephen Stills, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, and others. At festivals and larger venues for Neil Young and the Dead. No more. I recently went to show in a nice theater (maybe 1500 capacity) to see a guitarist I've admired for many years. I got seats in the 2nd row and I was so excited. But the sound was so terrible. I know that the sound is always better a little further back, but in this case, I could barely hear the guitar at all. They had 4 or 5 small speakers set up on the stage but they only ran the vocals through them. I did get up and attempt to speak with the sound guy but he, understandably, waved me off. The sound at the board was great. It was a great show, but I was so bummed that I couldn't truly hear the guy I had come to hear play.