By Bob Vincent
We've all been there. You're watching your favourite band at a gig when all of a sudden a wazzock in front of you whips out an iPad, held aloft to film the proceedings, before bashing your friend in the ear with his elbow. Or, instead of your eyes focussing on the lights and action on stage, there's a sea of smartphones up in your grill like a constellation of enormous stars. What can you do? Not much. It's become the norm.
Unless artists try and make a stand against it. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are the latest to declare war on smartphones with this message over the weekend at Webster Hall tweeted by Spin :
"PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA. PUT THAT $H!t AWAY as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian. MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS! YEAH YEAH YEAHS"
"Put those motherfu&%@rs away!" shouted Karen O, reiterating the point during the show.
Are they right?...