Fun experience w/ front row back in the day:
Many of us passed through the crowd w/o any pushing. Granted sometimes one would get bumped or bump, but there was always further connection, apology, hello, etc. And occasionally one would be frustrated and push on through . . . fortunately so many folks were sensitive to the pushy vibe that self-correction happened before more pushy pushy. Where it would open-up is often where I'd go. Sometimes I would like to be up front, and find myself second, or third row, usually not when the music was on. Never went for first, too much hype, false importance, and myopia. Well this one day, set break, mid-eighties, I was second row looking back for more familiar faces, and the person in front of me stepped out. I looked around, many eyes on me and the spot in front of me . . . stepped in leaned on the stage, turned around to find more space and familiar. The attention and pressure felt bizarre, for as mlewis said, the sound is never better there than 9-15 rows back where the sound was best. Never forget all the sideways glances and pointless attention as the spot opened. Fortunately the sound was pretty good everywhere, even the halls at many shows had there own good sound. Rows 1-5 in front of Bobby where reserved for folks that where comfortable w/ Bobby spewing on them during Rooster and other fountains of Bobby saliva, truly unique characters.
I collected Bobby saliva and have it in a small vial. It will be available soon on e bay for anyone interested.
Any of you with
a laboratory and advanced micro biology degrees might be able to clone a new Bobby! Wow, imagine new Bobby and old Bobby together on stage. Dizzying.....the possibilities
Seriously though, the best show experiences were always wherever it was very audible and there was room to move freely. As long as they were up there playing it was never necessary to be able to have a clear view of them (and still the case), because if I couldn't see them it's not too hard to envision in my mind what they look like.