i've been doing this for years and years. this is nothing new.
u2 has been doing it for years with their "war room" under the stage.
it's a great way to make any band sound huge, ambient, professional, consistent
(as in, like the recordings), competitive, and completely blow everyone else around you away.
to get it really right, you need an md, or band doing their own md'ing,
who REALLY knows thair sh&t.
it takes a lot of work, rehearsal, and a good amount of planning,
and of course, GEAR: READ - BUDGET,
including sound guys, who REALLY know their SH*T
you : ), to run your stuff.
iow, it's gonna be NEAR UNPOSSIBLE
with a band who gets together occasionally,
in a rented rehearsal space (no fairly standardized set-up), with really loose
material and loose players who can't play to a click, have no in-ear experience,
constantly fighting over direction, etc., to pull this off.
imo, this is THE way to go, if you wanna sound HUGE live, and
really compete in the very PRODUCTION-based media environment in
which we currently live.
any band performing before you, or behind you, will simply NOT be able to compete with your sound, if you do it right.
and the audience LOVES it.
MOST OF THE TIME, they love a band that actually SOUNDS HUGE,
PRODUCED, AND RIGHT, AND LIKE THE RECORDING.
it does take a GOOD PLAN, a LOT of work, a decent budget, and a really good support system -
management, label, a bunch of wealthy people in the band, or friends or relatives of the band, etc.
you can accomplish this with all of the above components, or just some of them, depending on how
resourceful and hard-working you and your fellow project members are.
having a band of great players with a SERIOUS work ethic helps A LOT, too.
(especially, if they ACTUALLY LIKE working with each other : )
planned, arranged parts/ material (more md stuff) & a really tight/ rehearsed set-list is, basically, IMPERATIVE.
imo, if you're asking this question NOW, you've got anywhere from 2-5 years ahead of you to reach success
in this area, if you're VERY LUCKY - meaning,
THERE EXISTS, or you procure or assemble:
*a kickass business plan that everyone involved in your project believes in
- in other words, everyone knows WHY they're there, tirelessly working their asses off
week after week, month after month, year after year, etc.
(for example, respective "band" members have a cut of publishing, are hired, or have nothing better to do : )
*an extraordinarily charismatic front person that makes everyone in the room (rehearsal and live) REALLY
(this, along with the band and material, will be the "fuel" for your vehicle).
*kickass live material
*kickass parts crafted with a serious, genious, successful md/ producer, etc.
*a kickass band of experienced open-minded warriors/ co-worker musicians with similar direction,
TIRELESS work ethic (who all get along AMAZINGLY well), and respond REALLY well
to criticism (both internal and external) and react dynamically and intelligently to
constructive artistic (including material & performance items),
personnel, business/ management direction & changes, etc.)
*a kickass rehearsal facility - meaning, convenient to everyone,
able to permanently house all live project trinkets (which will be MANY, for this kind of project)
* a tireless work schedule, for example 6 months of 6 day, 3-6 hour a day rehearsals
this also means additional regular "a capella", acoustic (breakdown) and "performance" rehearsals, etc.
(if you're u2 or bill gates, you might have millions of dollars to cut corners,
and if you're blind peg legged sleepy one-eyed johnson, you don't give a f*ck)
*ridiculously symbiotic and integrated kickass gear (budget & knowledge/experience-base)
*kickass gearslutz to consult with you on your system designs, purchases and configs
(this means everything from in-ear, backing tracks, any synchronized performance stuff - lighting, pyro, etc.,
stage monitoring, FOH, multiple personal in-ear monitoring mixing, mutiple subgroup mixes for
click, sound effects, cues, count-offs, etc., emergency sync failure back up management systems, etc.)
*kickass gearslutz to help you run your systems, travel with you, etc.
*kickass internal and external management to make all this stuff work -
everything from traveling gear checklists, scheduling/ co-ordinating with club management -
(remember, you're dealing with a SPECIALIZED technical system protocol -
and this can be UPSETTING
, to say the least, to grouchy old dog club guys and sound guys,
who just want you in and out),
to personnel management, scheduling, etc. AND YOU HAVE A LOT OF LUCK FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE, ETC.
just my $.02