The Raffles got a major upgrade several years ago with a large new residential tower built next to it. It definitely needed it. As for the PEC I have to disagree with you sound-wise. I may be biased because I rarely sat outside the front half of the lounge but to me it was pretty much great concert sound. Not as good as the new Perth Arena [renamed R.A.C Arena recently] which replaced it, but still great. The Perth Arena seats over 14000 but is otherwise very similar to the PEC except it is very modern and very comfortable. But the PEC is outstandingly the place I have seen most concerts. I was never into pub gigs so it was the Ent Cent I went to. First show there was ABBA and I think the last was probably Robbie Williams on his first Australian tour at the end of 2001 just before PEC closed in 2002.