Last month, my KISS trib band played a 12 night (3 sets per) gig at a big local Halloween festival. It went great. We had fantastic crowds, a lot of fun, and couldn't keep any merchandise in stock it sold out so fast. There was one HUGE challange, and we overcame it for the most part, but it's one thing I'm going to be firm about never having to deal with again, and that was our set-up. For the record, the venue was an outdoor amphitheater designed for daytime plays and stunt shows. It wasn't wired for light, sound or power. And there was no place for the drums, as it was a long but fairly shallow stage. So, we convinced the venue to build a drum riser while they were setting it up with power etc. They did, but they didn't exactly set it up like I had originally requested. Instead of setting up the drum riser at a moderate elevation behind the main stage, they set it up 12 feet in the air ABOVE center stage! I have to admit it looked pretty cool from an audience perspective and gave us plenty of room to run around, blow fire, spit blood and rock out with our c**ks out (metaphorically speaking, of course), but it was hell on our drummer. Poor guy was so removed from the stage he couldn't even SEE the crowd some nights. And he played totally by monitor. No visual signals no "feel" for what was going on below. It was like he was in another room or on another stage. To make matters worse, due to the distance from the sound booth, we had to run some VERY long speaker cables to get to monitors 16 feet off the ground. This caused the monitor head to overheat at times and shut down. So, the guy was left hearing no vocals, no guitars. This was the condition a good 20% of the time I would guess. And during these times, he was left with one lifeline and that was a 100watt combo amp I ran a line to from my main bass rig downstairs - seperate from the mixer board. Talk about locking in with the drums and bass! Well, it worked out pretty good. There were only a few times where we were noticeably "not tight" all month, but man that was a complicating factor that in retrospect we should not have accepted at all! Anyone else ever have to deal with absolutely bizzare stage setup problems? *see pics below and you see what I mean* PS... yes, he did actually fall off of it once. I have no idea how he survived without breaking his ankle, but he did. Freakin drummers and cock roaches will surivive nuclear bombs.