Just interested in what bar/pub/club gigs are like in the US/Can, UK, EU & other areas. I played in & around Sydney, Australia in many different bands for over 10 yrs & every gig I ever did in a venue of over about 50 people was PA supported, with the bass thru the system, DI'ed, along with vox, guitar & at very least kick, snare n overhead on the kit. This was also the same in Japan, Singapore & Indonesia at any live venue I gigged at or visited that had bands. Consequently I never had to worry about my sound out front, just set up my stage sound, do a quick band sound check n off to the bar. Of course we had to hire a sound system & engineer each gig unless it was already in house but we had our regulars so they also knew how the band sounded. Are we spoilt in our little corner of the world? I often read comments of gigs without PA support so just wondering.