Re: In ear monitors.
I think the in-ear monitors they probably a cheaper model like Nady or something. They're a pretty good band, but every time I see them, they have all new equipment but usually the cheapest stuff you can find. The guitarist has 30 different guitars, but they're all cheap copies like Squire, Sammick, and brands that nobody has ever heard of! I'd rather have one Genuine Fender Strat or a Gibson Les Paul than 100 cheap copies, but to each his own!
Anyway, the reason I didn't like the in-ear monitors was because I kept getting tangled up in the chords for one thing! That was the biggest reason, and pulling the monitor out of my ear. I wasn't able to hear what was going on around me, like Dave said. I just wasn't impressed at all. I think that the traditional boxes across the front of the stage is a better way to go. In situations where we did not have a lot of room, we would set the monitors on top of the subs, and face them towards us, and then put the mains (Yamaha 15" 2 ways) on tripods. That seemed to work out fairly well.