I have a pretty big birthday later this month and Heather is flying in to celebrate with me. I've been thinking of things I want to do while she's here on her visit...and one of the things that made the list is a club show with Firehouse headlining.
There are definite positives and negatives to club gigs. There are also major positives to stadium shows. I honestly don't know which I prefer.
Stadium shows are better during the work week because the shows end earlier. I've been out until 5 a.m. at club shows and I just can't do that on a work night. After all, I'm old.
With stadium shows, you're usually guaranteed a major act. These days, shows are packaged to the hilt, so you might get as many as ten bands as the case with Crue Fest or three awesome bands like the Pop Evil/Whitesnake/Judas Priest tour.
Club gigs are way more intimate and let the fan get close the musician. You can always talk to bands after they finish their gig in a small club. You don't get that chance in a stadium show. You also don't (usually) need a hundred dollar ticket to see a band at a club. Of course, clubs are GA so it's hard to find a seat when no band is playing and that sucks, but it is what it is I guess.
I suppose if a crazed Glam lunatic held a gun to my head and said "Choose! Club vs. Stadium show" I would choose...stadium.
What say you?
For the record, some of my best concert memories come from clubs, but that's usually because of things that happened between me and my friends long after the music stopped. Going to shows is a complete experience, at least for me: dinner, getting dressed up, seeing friends, rocking out - the whole nine.