Listen guys, if you want perfect view and sound, just stay at home and watch the DVD's ...and don't take that offensive...cause I don't mean to offend anyone. It's just a fact - you can't get perfect sound at indoor arena, especially big one with poor or no special acoustic treatment as O2. I've been to many rock concerts in my life and none of them had great sound indoors...of course it's just my point of view. But I also have another point of view, cause I work like soundengineer. Of course I never did the FoH sound for such a big band and in such a big hole...oops, I mean hall But I had the experience to make sound for rock groups and symphonic orchestras in little bit smaller sport hall and I tell you - IT'S f@@kin pain in the ass. Acoustic treatment is something very hard to calculate, design and create...besides it's too expensive so they do it just for smaller halls which are not good for big/rock concerts. Besides a rock concert have to be loud - ALWAYS. And making loud and clear (in the same time) sound is mission impossible when you have bad acoustics and the sound reverberate all the time from every f@@kin wall and ceiling around. O2 is just a hole - no acoustics, no nothing.
Well, I'm not saying the sound in London was bad...it was little bit worse than Birmingham and Birmingham was very clear...but that's just my point of view - I was standing on the floor, 9 rows away from the stage (12 rows in London).
In situations like that you can get the best (possible) sound near the FoH mixer, just because if the soundengineers can change anything, they do it from their point of view, without hearing the sound on the sides or somewhere else. At the beginning of the second half in London I was able to stand about minute or two just behind the mixer and the sound was very clear...but then the security guy came and sent me to my seat
Just to be honest - I always go to concerts for the emotion of seeing my fav bands live, to feel the show, the atmosphere...and I don't care so much for the sound - it's always better on the DVD
p.s. Just one more very important thing I want to discuss. I was talking with my friend Sean, who bought our tickets (thanks, mate) and his two friends Marc and Martin (cheers ) I want to share the same thing here: I know it's just business, safety and that kind of shit but having seats in front of stage? This is stupid!
I'm from Bulgaria - we never have seats in front of stage, just standing tickets. If you are a true fan, you always buy tickets for the front of stage area (they are more expensive of course). If you are not so true (or want to save some money) you just buy tickets for the area behind front of stage area (cheaper). And if you want to sit, there are plenty of side areas with seats. Also...you don't have place reserved...it might look bad...but it's honest I think. If you are a true fan, you go early, you suffer, you wait in sun and rain and you are one of the first to pass the gates and one of the first to find good place (on the barrier in front of stage if you are in this area)...and if you are not so true fan, you just come later and have worse place