With regards to some of your posts, you seem like your a stage hand/lighting guy, does working the shows change your opinion on artists and your enjoyment of shows you go to?
I am. I’m more or less a general stagehand, only thing I have yet to do is any sort of show rigging. I know the most about lighting though.
I’ve never thought worse of an artist after a show (yet), but there have been a handful that I’ve liked better as people afterwards.
After the show the artists do one of three things: go out the back avoiding all contact, walk directly past the stagehands and be on their way, or, in very rare cases, they walk past the stagehands and say a thank you. Those are the artists that I can still remember (Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Toby Keith, etc) and those are the ones for whom my opinion hasn’t necessarily changed, but I like better as people.
And I can’t say working the shows affects my enjoyment of the show too much, at least once the show gets started. At the same time I flat out don’t want to shell out money if it’s an artist who’s show I’ve worked, just because I’ve already done a lot more than simply see the show already. And I’ll almost certainly be talking about the lights or the set or something technical until the show starts.
Are you a stagehand yourself? If so I have the same questions to ask you. There are a couple of guys I work with who now completely refuse to watch concerts as an audience member. And most are a lot more picky about the shows they go see