1 Andi 2 years ago What is the deal with in-ear monitors on stage taking the place of ANY actual sound on the stage at all?? Saturday night I saw Chris Isaak play a small venue (maybe 600 capacity?), from the second row. I was really excited to be that close to the Isaak action for the first time ever. But the sound was totally perplexing. There are monitors and amps on stage... but nothing coming out of them. I guess they're only there for backup in case the in-ears malfunction?? All the sound for the audience was coming out of overhead speakers pointed towards the back of the room, so it was going over our heads. There were no speakers directed at the first four rows and we couldn't hear anything coming directly off the stage! The venue was sold out and packed hard, so moving backwards would've been impossible save for an emergency. The bass amp and Chris' amp were mic'ed (though I don't think anything was coming out of those amps) but the guitarist, Herschel Yatovitz, had two Fender Twin Reverbs side by side, completely un-mic'ed, directly in front of us. The lights were glowing on them and there were cables plugged into them, and cables plugged into the instruments, but we were not being hit with 200 watts, or 100 watts of sound... we weren't being hit with any sound at all, as a matter of fact. Because of the small venue, the drums were behind a plexiglass drum shield, so we couldn't even hear those as well as we'd hoped! Please tell me this is an unusual occurrence, and not becoming the new norm???