They're going to ban Smartphone use at shows

PillowPantsPillowPants Posts: 4,827
edited November 2013 in The Porch
I hope




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So I went to a show recently... and was saddened by how many people spend their time trying to take pictures or video on their smartphone. Yet their success rate is close to zero.

It's usually the technologically challenged who are zooming way too far in and getting nothing but a blur.

What's the point?? Put down your phone and enjoy the show.

Your shitty video with horrendous audio really isn't worth me having to look around your stupid 8 inch screen.


Thoughts??
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  • BinFrogBinFrog MAPosts: 7,290
    That wasn't a screen.
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  • JonnyPistachioJonnyPistachio FloridaPosts: 10,189
    I hope




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    So I went to a show recently... and was saddened by how many people spend their time trying to take pictures or video on their smartphone. Yet their success rate is close to zero.

    It's usually the technologically challenged who are zooming way too far in and getting nothing but a blur.

    What's the point?? Put down your phone and enjoy the show.

    Your shitty video with horrendous audio really isn't worth me having to look around your stupid 8 inch screen.


    Thoughts??

    I dont think they'll be able to ban them, but I agree with you. its sucks to have to look around the dozen people holding their phones up in the air. We just need to keep telling people -- Just please stop people... or just get one quick shot and put it away and respect all the folks behind you.
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  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 12,873
    Phones were banned at Eddie's two shows in Clearwater and to be honest it took away from both evenings. I don't mind the phones and am able to tune them out pretty effectively. I was not able to tune out ushers and security guards swooping in repeatedly to threaten people who had their phones out. It really went overboard in my opinion.

    Plus...I love shitty youtube videos. :D
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  • ZodZod Posts: 6,224
    How do you ban smartphones? Everyone has one in their pocket now. They're worth about 300 - 600 dollars each. Good luck trying to get all those people streaming through the gates to toss their phone in some kind of bin.

    I can't see the logistics of banning something that a large percentage of the population will have in their pocket when entering the show.
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  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 21,716
    I don't own a smart phone or iphone and from my vantage view i don't need one , i allways enjoy the shows ..

    Yopu better not pull your phone out when we are enjoing the show up in Boston Pillow MAN ;)
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  • Ledbetterman10Ledbetterman10 Posts: 11,552
    Roger Waters had a funny quote in an interview about a year ago. The interviewer asked him how crowds have changed since the original 1979 Wall tour. Roger said "I'll tell ya how they have changed. THEY ALL HAVING FUCKING CELL PHONES OR CAMERAS OUT! I love this song! It's so good I have to send it to Pedro!"
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  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    It's dumb. I'm ok with a photo snap here and there. But Jesus. Most of those videos sound like shit anyway
  • backseatLover12backseatLover12 Posts: 2,312
    Absolutely ban the fucking things!!
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  • RS151862RS151862 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,184
    What's the point?? Put down your phone and enjoy the show.

    Maybe you should take your own advice. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and enjoy the show.
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  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 21,716
    RS151862 wrote:
    What's the point?? Put down your phone and enjoy the show.

    Maybe you should take your own advice. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and enjoy the show.

    So you are guilty as charged ... :lol:
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  • RS151862RS151862 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,184
    RS151862 wrote:
    What's the point?? Put down your phone and enjoy the show.

    Maybe you should take your own advice. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and enjoy the show.

    So you are guilty as charged ... :lol:

    Sure.. Who hasn't taken a picture at a concert before.
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  • backseatLover12backseatLover12 Posts: 2,312
    RS151862 wrote:

    Sure.. Who hasn't taken a picture at a concert before.

    Actually, I don't. No one fully experiences a fantastic concert behind a screen. Focusing on getting the best picture or video completely takes away the energy of fully experiencing the energy of a show. I'd rather go home elated by the rush of fully being free and in the moment of a fantastic show over going home knowing that I got a few good pics ANY DAY.
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  • RS146614RS146614 Dallas, TexasPosts: 54
    I wish artists would tell the audience (with signage in venue and pre-show from the mic) that the first X number of songs are ok for pics/videos, but then to put them away. I think that would appease a large portion of fans who want some pics/vids as a memory of the event and then they'd put it away. I would.

    Snap away for the first 2 songs and then you're done.

    You'll never get 100% of people to comply but at least it would combat it a bit.

    I am with you guys, and with musicians these days, in that it annoys the hell out of me seeing everyone's phone in the air. And agreed on the EV solo shows, the security guards were even more distracting, so that is not a good solution to the problem
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  • RS151862RS151862 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,184
    While we're at it - how about alcohol & drugs too 8-) :lol:

    Excellent point, people should also be required to sit down so they dont interfere with the viewing pleasure of our shorter fans.
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  • GM151575GM151575 Freehold, NJPosts: 253
    For me, this is just something I learned from going to more shows. The first one with a smartphone, I tried to get a ton of pictures and video. Most turned out crappy and I found I really didn't enjoy the show as much. I felt like i was working as a photographer/videograper. So now maybe I'll take a few pictures before the show starts with my friends and maybe a couple (literally 2-3 just to get band and stage and feel for where I was i.e. how close) when they first take the stage or if something special happens (like Chris Cornell at PJ20). The rest of the time, I put it away and just enjoy. There's always the bootlegs that help me relive it and if it was something I really wanted to see again for some reason, there's probably a better video than what I could record on youtube anyway.
  • JB128716JB128716 Posts: 2,064
    I read that Prince banned them at his recent shows and I think Tool did too.

    It's really bad for comedians. I heard one say that they go to clubs to try out new material and the next thing you know, that joke that bombed is all over YouTube.

    I don't mind it for a song or two, but some shows are ridiculous. With that said, I did tape Black at DeLuna fest :)
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  • fortyshadesfortyshades Posts: 1,747
    RS146614 wrote:
    I wish artists would tell the audience (with signage in venue and pre-show from the mic) that the first X number of songs are ok for pics/videos, but then to put them away. I think that would appease a large portion of fans who want some pics/vids as a memory of the event and then they'd put it away. I would.

    Snap away for the first 2 songs and then you're done.

    You'll never get 100% of people to comply but at least it would combat it a bit.

    I am with you guys, and with musicians these days, in that it annoys the hell out of me seeing everyone's phone in the air. And agreed on the EV solo shows, the security guards were even more distracting, so that is not a good solution to the problem

    I like this approach, but prob. impossible to implement.
  • P34RL J4MM3RP34RL J4MM3R Posts: 1,196
    Or do what Jack White did and have Free pictures from the show available on the website for free download. Jack has his own Professional photographer take pics and post them on the third man site for each show. You can download and save as many as you like. And these are great pics from a photographer who has 100% access. It did not stop everyone, but I could tell less phones out than usual.
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  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,632
    I'm pretty sure they won't even need to turn the lights on at Wrigley. The glow from 20,000 phones should be bright enough! :fp: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I don't mind people taking (or trying to) a pic here and there, but for godsakes...you just spent $200+ to get tickets...and you want to watch the show from the 3.5 inch screen on your phone?!?! :lol: :lol:
  • perfectlefts14perfectlefts14 Posts: 1,877
    I'm thinking of making a game out it at the next show I attend. Bring a suction cup gun with a ton of darts and see how many phones you can hit.
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  • dimitrispearljamdimitrispearljam NINUNINOPROPosts: 136,503
    the should ban the smart ass chicks and leave only the drunk ones.. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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    the should ban the smart ass chicks and leave only the drunk ones.. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    I'm thinking of making a game out it at the next show I attend. Bring a suction cup gun with a ton of darts and see how many phones you can hit.
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    that would be awesome
  • mca47mca47 Posts: 12,632
    How many phones will get trashed if it rains?
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    :lol: :lol:

    Instead of the glare of 20,000 phones lighting the venue...now we'll have 10,000 phones completely worthless by the end of the night, and another 10,000 still up in the air but in a ziplock baggie. :D
    Can't wait to watch crappy Youtube videos from phones in plastic baggies! As if it couldn't get worse! :lol: :lol:
  • youngsteryoungster BostonPosts: 6,574
    I don't own a smart phone or iphone and from my vantage view i don't need one , i allways enjoy the shows ..

    Yopu better not pull your phone out when we are enjoing the show up in Boston Pillow MAN ;)

    Yeah, cause why would you need one when you are 3rd row at every show. :mrgreen:

    That's typed in green for my envy. :lol:
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  • guacamolejoeguacamolejoe Posts: 2,376
    Yeah, but if they did that then we would have no video or pictures of that fat ugly guy who puked all over the place in boston :lol: .
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  • fortyshadesfortyshades Posts: 1,747
    Yeah, but if they did that then we would have no video or pictures of that fat ugly guy who puked all over the place in boston :lol: .

    Hahahahah, the last time I was using my smartphone, there was this guy with this strange hat in front of me :o
  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 47,767
    I don't really use my phone during shows (maybe a few pics, and maybe 1 minute of video), but they don't bother me. I couldn't care less if some people are holding them up as long as it's not right in front of my face. I don't give a shit how other people are or are not taking in the show, and I don't find some tiny little screens scattered in the crowd distracting at all - if one can be so easily distracted by that when there is a big concert going on, then either they need to work on their attention skills, or the concert sucks. I say film away. I always appreciate that there are youtube vids of the show I went to posted, and I don't have to do anything. Good deal. :)
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