I live in a big music town and can't believe what's going on. Went to a show at a decent venue last nite to see seven bands (which is sorta unique) play rock or whatever. With the exception of one band all were gu*t*r(s), bass, drums, singer. As usual all the gu*t*rist had stacks. Tremoverbs, dual recs, tris, Marshalls, 4x12s, the usual. Three of the bands had two gu*t*rs; both with BIG POWER. Lots of mics and PA, etc. ALL of the bassers show up with combos! So out of seven bands there was no bass to be heard last nite. One poor fella kept asking for more bass in his monitor. The soundguy says (thru talkback), "I'm giving you all I can. Just turn your amp up, it's a rock concert." He reached down to what was a jumbo-sized Crate combo and I believe just ran out of "turn". Upon testing, it sounded like a distorted mess. Thankfully he backed it off but none of that mattered because it instantly disappeared amongst the gu*t*rs. This was basically the case with six of the bands. (One band simply had no bass player.) And what's the deal with also running all these stacks thru the PA full-force if the entire audience is within twenty-five feet of the stage??? BTW, I checked out the PA speakers (EV) for bass. There was almost nil. Folks who just can't get enough of those geetars sure do have it made don't they? So as a casual audience member: If you want me to hear the words, turn down the geetar. If you want me to hear the bass, turn down the geetar. If you want to turn everything else up to compensate, that's cool too. But book yourself down at the arena next gig.