Originally Posted by Spiral_Slave
What about the strict "no moshing or crowdsurfing" rule?
How is this a bad thing? I'd consider coming to Florida just to experience it.
When it comes to big venues, I haven't been to THAT many, but most indoor arenas and semi-outdoor ampitheaters are pretty much all the same, more or less. I haven't found one I like any more or less than another.
When it comes to smaller venues, I have found far more bad ones than good ones. Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA is probably my absolute least favorite, which is unfortunate being that it's the closest venue to me that will book "real" national touring acts on a regular basis. I've seen a few shows there that were solid (WASP, Yngwie Malmsteen), but but most of them are terrible. The headliner's sets get cut due to ridiculous overbooking, and the sound is just atrocious.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Symphony X at Mulcahy's in Wantagh, NY last November, and The Silo in Reading, PA was also fantastic when I saw Firewind. Hell, the venue owner actually gave my friend and I a personal tour for showing up early. BB Kings in NYC can have an atmosphere which is fantastic for some shows, but overall the sound is pretty shitty and most of the venue staff are douches. I have no real problem with the Trocadero in Philly as a venue, but again, the staff sucks. I don't know why clubs hire completely douchey body-builder rejects who just try to intimidate the audience. Most people at the average show aren't out to cause trouble, and I think if the staff would just lighten up, there would be less drama in general. When I saw Edguy in 2007, a friend of mine was thrown out for trying to protect his girlfriend from a crowd-surfer. Shit like that is ridiculous. One thing I love about big venues like PNC or the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ is that the staff are usually actually nice people. Hell, when we saw Maiden in June '08 on the rail, we talked to the staff for a good hour before the show, really friendly guys.