Now you're talking, Frank!
This is definitely thread drift, but I don't care. I've never been to a stadium gig, and never want to. By the time a band has got "that big" then it's too late to see them properly. The biggest arena I've been to is GMex, and that was to see The Pixies for about the 5th time. It was fantastic, but not as fantastic as when I saw them first of all in the smaller Manchester clubs. When the "Madchester" thing was happening, the most hyped bands were getting all the publicity and the bigger stages. I used to go to the smaller venues where there were, perhaps, up to 200 people packed into dark places, usually painted matt black, with sweat running down the walls.
As well as seeing the more obscure Manchester bands of that period - Dub Sex, King Of The Slums, What? noise, New Fast Automatic Daffodils etc - I also saw ones which made it bigger - Joy Division, New Order, James, Inspiral Carpets etc - as well as brilliant imports like Throwing Muses, Belly, Telescopes, Wolfgang Press and more and more. I must admit one of the highlights was standing at the front of the stage just 2 feet from Tanya Donnelly's navel!
Ah, those were the days..............I remember them well (I think).......
Edit...just seen your post, jaune. Another Girl, Another Planet? Fantastic.