I’m 6’5″, so this headline caught my attention:
As an old guy, you’re more likely to find me sitting at concerts these days. However I’ve been tall for a long time and have been on the floor for hundreds of shows, so I have an opinion about this; try not to be a dick.
This doesn’t mean that as a tall person you have to put yourself out. In smaller venues, you can usually find a pillar or a good place to stand that doesn’t obscure anyone else’s view. In stadiums, there’s more than enough room for everyone.
I’ve never been a fan of being in the front row up against the barrier. Sure, you get to be closer to your hero, but it’s hard to see the full show and the sound is an awful mush of reflected PA and stage mix.
I’m going to let you in on my secret…stand right in front of the soundman. He has the best location in the venue. This accomplishes all kinds of good things.
For a start, the soundman is usually elevated a bit so he can see over the crowd. Even if you’re tall, he’s probably not going to notice you’re there. This also means you’re standing in a place that sounds great, because you’re hearing what he hears, and he’s trying to make it sound as good as possible. The soundman is often situated right next to the lightman, so you’re also going to get the best visual experience.
Being tall at a concert hasn’t been much of an issue for me. I try to be considerate of the people behind me. I try even harder to make sure there are no people behind me. It’s not a big deal. That being said, if I’m ever in a situation where there’s only two choices – your comfort/enjoyment or mine – I’m going to choose me every time. So buy some heels or something.
All along, all I’ve really wanted to be is a writer. So now I tell people that’s what I am, even though I haven’t earned a dime being a writer.
That being said, I’ll confess that once a day, every day, I wish I was still a musician. That was the one time in my life when I was cool.