I'm with you 100% on that. I have a Gig Bar and would NEVER use it any of those times you mentioned except maybe to have a wash or laser during a slow dance certainly not the derby's or anything flashing
The only thing I notice, and I know clients and photographers have mentioned is if there are photos with minimal to no flash, because the lights are so busy, the photos are filled with dots and laser and so many multi-colored designs that it takes away. It’s not like a moving head with a big beam covering a given area… these effects have a significant amount of shapes and patterns and beams across a small area.
I try to cooperate with photographers to help them get the best shots. I generally don't use the laser until later when they are finished and if they need it I go to white light on the Gigbar
Same! And I hear the same horror stories from photographers. I'm like "why would anyone run derbys during dinner?"