It's a Control Freak
thing isn't it?
Most of us are CFs. It's what we love about the job, and why we hate it when somebody comes along that wants to take control away. "Well, you better prove you're better than me, buddy!"
One of the most unpleasant experiences I had was trying to do live sound for a well known British act (clue: fame at any price). The whole band were the grumpiest, out-of-their-heads bunch of a-holes I've ever met. They didn't even like our concert-grand Steinway (as if we were going to change THAT at a moment's notice!), and they had this tour manager who had "worked on the Old Grey Whistle Test" (British TV show that had finished airing some ten years before) and so obviously knew all there was to know. Example: (indicates Leslie cabinet some 15 feet away from a backing vocalist's mike) "That Leslie will just come screaming down that mike - you'll have to put it in another room." (right - a 50watt amp 15 feet from a close-miked vocalist, that'll be a big problem on a live show...and have YOU got the extension cable for the Hammond? BTW, where do you imagine the other room is?) Me: "I don't HAVE to do anything. Plus there are six other acts on the bill. Maybe you should go back to the Old Grey Whistle Test." The galling bit was, come the show, the audience loved them. But when they tried to hit on all the women in the production team and drank the Green Room dry, we were back to hating them again.
Contrast that with gentleman bass player Herbie Flowers, who came in next day carrying his own upright bass, extended his hand when he saw me at the desk and said, "Hello, I'm Herbie. Is it all right to put my bass on the stage?" Lovely guy: he was doing a bass solo during one live broadcast from our studio; halfway through he pitched in the riff from "Walk on the Wild Side" and said, "I got paid twelve quid for that...
So I hate FOH for the low life you mostly have to work with, who sadly seem to outnumber the Mr Flowers of this world.
And I hate all the FOH engineers who reduce all the bottom end to a dull rumble - kick drums that last half a second and bass guitars whose notes are undecipherable. "This rig goes down to 20Hz and you're damned well going to hear it". You'd swear these guys had never heard an instrument on its own in their lives.
Oh dear. Wish I could say something positive.