I know I’ve said it many times, but I really hate it when people spend an entire concert filming the stage with their phones. However, it seems that I’m not the only one who feels this way; as a matter of fact, musicians themselves don’t like it either. Lead singer of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, has recently publicly called out a fan for watching the concert through a phone display, telling him to “f*cking watch the show.”
Steven posted the video on his Facebook page, and it was taken at a recent concert in Springfield, MA. You can hear that the band isn’t playing while Steven is calling out the fan with a smartphone, asking him if he’ll put the video on his website. “You don’t know? Then turn it off. F*cking watch the show, man!”
FUCKING WATCH THE SHOW PEOPLE… OR I’LL #AEROPHONEVID YOU!
Posted by Steven Tyler on Monday, August 26, 2019
The comments on the video vary greatly. “I always take a few minutes of the show for memories, I paid for the ticket, it’s my decision, sorry Steven,” one user wrote. On the other hand, there are people who absolutely agree with Steven, and I fall into that group.
Sure, I paid for the ticket, but I bought it so I can listen to the band, sing, dance, enjoy the music and the performance. I understand that you may want to snap a photo or two for the memory, or perhaps a short video. But I don’t understand those who spend an entire concert standing still and looking through their tiny phone screens, instead of looking at the stage.
Even if you’re there to shoot a crappy, shaky video and not enjoy the concert, okay. Maybe you genuinely dislike dancing and singing along with the band and the crowd. But there’s another problem: you’re blocking the view for us who actually want to see the stage.
[image credits: Gage Skidmore]