The topic of phones at concerts has become quite contentious in the last few years, with some artists even going so far as to ban phones at their shows and eject attendees who violate the rule. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is the latest to voice his opinion on the matter, telling a fan to put their phone away and "watch the f***ing show."
The incident happened at the band's recent show in Springfield, MA. Tyler spotted a fan with their phone out, filming him and singled them out, asking if the fan planned on "putting the [video] on their website." When the fan didn't respond affirmatively, he grew visibly exasperated and told them to "watch the f***ing show."
While a lot of people will argue that having purchased an expensive concert ticket should entitle them to film if they so choose, I generally agree with the sentiment that a bunch of phones waving in the air is distracting and certainly not worth the likely horrendous footage being shot. A quick shot to remember the show? Sure. Videoing every song? No, thanks. I don't agree with singling out a fan like this, but I do wish phones would just go away at shows.
What do you think?
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