I’m sorry but I just don’t like it. For one thing, I don’t want to have to listen to the other instruments in my monitor (or IEM on the 3 gigs I’ve done using them). I want to hear my vocal and a little bit of everyone else’s vocals and I want to hear them play thru their own amplification, especially me. I dislike hearing bass in my monitor intensely. Second, I have heard some amazing bands have amazing sound back in the 70s and 80s right up till today with very loud stage volume. It can totally be done, although There is a potential for ear damage and I don’t recommend it without hearing protection, as well as the potential for getting fired from any gig I’ve done in a very long time. But don’t tell me it can’t be done. Seen it happen way too much. Did it my own self at times. Tried not to be painful about it onstage or blow the room out, but we weren’t quiet. I have also heard many dull sounding mixes on silent stages. And PAs for larger venues back in the 70s and 80s sucked compared to the more modern line arrays with subs arranged for maximum and even projection of low lows. Ampless stages, to me, sound too clinical to me. Not into it personally. Third, I have heard some amazing sounding mixes from bands who used their amps and unmiced drums to fill the room and a vocals only PA, including several I’ve worked with. To me it’s the live equivalent of stereo panning, but not as difficult to hear the stereo effect thru the whole room, as opposed to the PA, where stereo panning doesn’t work unless you’re in the middle or close to it. Fourth, those of you who say nobody in the audience hears your amp like there’s some sort of invisible force field at the lip of the stage are fooling yourselves. I have done gigs where I have used my little 25w 108 combo due to size and sight line limitations as a monitor while DIing to quite substantial PAs and you could hear it plain as day thru the live mics. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. Go out front and listen to it without other mics on, then listen to it with mics on and tell me you can’t hear it. Firth, there is no fifth, but four is not a funny number so you must proceed to five if you can’t do three, which we all know is funniest of all. Wait…I just thought of a real fifth…Sound techs who like ampless stages seem to think that my job is to make things super easy on them while I make things more difficult for myself and the rest of the band. I don’t get that. I’ve had techs tell me to turn down my amp so low I might as well have shut it off. And I never play too loud for a room. That’s just plain being bad at your job if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong…I’ll do it rather than miss out on a payday. And If you enjoy IEMs and ampless stages, I’m happy for you. I’ve not had positive experiences doing them, and see no reason any sound tech worth their salt requires a quiet stage to be able to mix a band.