We play two regular gigs, one in a tango-club that has great room for about 200 dancing, swirling couples, and one that allows 800 jumpers and swayers. They each have double-doors on all four walls. Sooo simple. The front 'wall' has two sets of double-doors, one at each corner. Cost? I'm sure it was a hefty extra-thousand. Gee - wonder what a certain Rhode Island club might have paid for that 'technology'.
It angers me so much about ANY public place that doesn't offer multiple exits.
But my biggest venom remains for bands that recognize they're so shoddy and so unskilled that they require every other distraction from their poor musicianship, poor stage presence and poor song selection - "We gotta have pyrotechnics - no one will notice our crap!!"
Hubby was playing with a couple of big-time world-famous visitors, and they were doing the headline show at one of the city's big festivals. They didn't want any pyros - in a huge outdoor park. They didn't even want big-screens. "I hate to see fans watching TV instead of ME!" was their point. "There's always a delayed reaction, and I can see it in fans' faces, I can hear them singing along a moment too late when they're watching TV instead of singing along with ME."
The crappy bands should learn some good skill-sets instead of how to light a match.
Great basic skills do that. The Cavern Club was pretty good for a band or two.
I think Alfonso Bedoyamight have said best - paraphrased here: "Pyrotechnics? We don' need no steenkin' pyrotechnics!"