I definitely agree that a pit/GA offers a kick-ass show experience, I disagree about seating causing a lack of excitement in the crowd. I think it has more to do with the venue than the seats. I like that everyone has a "space" - whether it be front row or sixth. Maybe it's just me, but when the music starts, I zone into the band/music and would rather have dancing room than elbows in my boobs or beer down my back. I have had GREAT EC/B shows with and without assigned seating - it has more to do with the attitude of the venue staff and the fans at the show!!