So this has been bugging me for a bit. I'm 18, and have only been in one band, at least as a bassist, and I'm wondering about stage placement. You always see these bands, singer in the middle, drummer in the middle back, guitarist and bassist on either side of the amplifiers. The thing that's been on my mind however is if those are some sort of rules or just an inaccurate portrayal, just something a few bands do sometimes, because our first gig. I was front and center on the stage. I'm not the singer, I shared a few words with the audience, but it's a 4 piece type band, it's not my band, the singer/guitarists stood by the sides of the stage, and I was right there in the middle. Is this a normal thing? I was just told where to go. It's not some genre thing either. It's the kind of band where everybody gets their piece, but it's an equal partnership. Maybe I'm overthinking it, but is it normal to put a non-singing, barely talking bassist in the lead singer's spot on stage, or is that just some dumb non-rule?