I listened to both Jeremy and Black and the mix is unbalanced. Vocals can sound slightly nebulous at some points while electric guitar is upfront.
Also, the recording sounds distant, echoey and suffers from heavily distorted low end.
Still, you're right : taping from the front row can work FINE. Not this time thought.
clearly, you were listening to the official PJ soundboards for that assessment.
the guitar SHOULD sound upfront, I was 4 ft. from Mike McCready.
the low-end is distorted
I can hear both the drums clearly and Jeff's fingers not only hit the strings, but the actual notes he's playing vs. "arena rumble".
who wants to listen to Eddie Cheddar clearly anyways?
how can a show recorded from the front row sound "distant"?
the entire crowd was *behind* me. the onstage amps were less than 20 feet away.
perhaps you have your speaker wires crossed.
or just bunk speakers to begin with.
and it's "though", not "thought".
just so you know.