I am relatively new to the concert photography scene so I am hoping that one of the more experienced shooters can help me answer this.
Far more often than not I will be shooting a concert and be told its from the back of the soundboard as "insert artist name here" doesn't like photographers and even in the pit, I have been warned that certain artists hate photographers and will try and spit on you. My last 7 shows, only 2 have been from the pit.
It seems odd to me to banish media photographers to the back of the soundboard but allow cameras from ticket holders on the floor. For example, my last show, I was stuck behind the soundboard, yet there was at least 10-15 cameras in the first 10 rows with flashes blasting, one lady even had a Canon t5i in the 3rd row snapping away. I just don't get the reasoning behind the artists not wanting "professional" photographers to get up close and personal, yet they don't appear to have issue with fans getting those up close shots.
I know its the prerogative of the artist to decide where the photographer goes and this isn't really me complaining, I am just more curious and trying to understand why things are done the way they are.