Peter Frampton Tosses Fan's Phone During Indiana Show
By Lisa White in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 7, 2014 8:00PM
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As a city hosting many a touring music act and festival, we've become accustomed to a tiny wall of cellphone screens at most shows we attend. Sure, remembering a moment is nice but chances are that video or audio you took on your phone a.) won't turn out that great and b.) isn't as entertaining as the real thing right in front of you. As you take your last breaths in life, you remember memories in your mind, not grasp and swipe through photos on a phone. So we always enjoy when an artist puts his or her foot down and says "I Can't Stand It No More."
Fans of Peter Frampton were aware before Sunday's show in Carmel, Indiana of a strict rule banning flash photography or video during the entire concert. Of course, there is always "that asshole," and two people right in the front of the stage threw caution to the wind and snapped away. Frampton was not ok with them "Breaking All the Rules," and when he wasn't able to alert security to the issue, decided to fix the situation himself. Melissa Schickel of Onstage Magazine was at the show and reported what happened next:
"At his breaking point, and the guy in the front row unrelenting - apparently with no self control considering he’s already flipped Peter off and turned around and called the rest of the audience a bunch of deadbeats - Peter ends the song, walks over and with a huge smile on his face bends down and says, ‘Hey can I see that? Can I see the photos you’ve been taking?’ The guy hands him his phone and Peter stands up, spins, and flings for the rafters! Yes! The phone went flying to the back of the stage and we all erupted in cheers! With years of experience playing guitar, we just knew he had a great arm!"
Hey, if you break the rules, Frampton might come alive and show you the way towards the door. We say the guy is lucky he wasn't escorted out of the concert, since we know from Tankboy's experience with Prince last year, that some of these "no photo" rules are serious and will land you back outside. Better to play it safe, especially if you are front and center where the artist requesting those rules can see you, and just enjoy the show.