Just got back from a concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, in Agoura Hills at a place called the Canyon Club.
Good show, very well done...I love BBVD...but my lack of earplugs brought something painfully back to me as a gripe I have against seemingly all concerts, in all genres of music, in all venues these days.
MUST they be so loud? Particulary for music where you actually want to be able to hear instruments, and even a vocal where you can make out the lyrics?
Granted, our table was near a speaker...but anywhere I went in the club, I noticed the people enjoying the concert most were wearing earplugs, had cotton in their ears, etc.
What's the point? And it's not just an old fogey thing. I've felt the same way for 40 years now...and I'm talking Beach Boys, John Denver, Willie Nelson, not exactly hard rock or heavy metal.
I have a theory. Guys that run sound boards in these venues have partial hearing loss, so they make the sound so loud as to be painful so it sounds right to them.
Any thoughts? Makes me want to think twice or three times before going to another show. (Three hours after the show ended and my ears are still ringing) -