Why do you go to a concerts? I’m sure that could be answered in many ways. But just take a few seconds and think about it, why do I go to concerts. By now I am assuming one or two things have popped into your head. Were any of them “I am going to film the whole thing and post it on social media!” I am guessing you said no. But the sad truth is many people do.
When I was younger I tried to sneak in a disposable camera to a concert, as you guessed I got busted even before I got into the concert venue and was forced to throw it out or return it to my car. At one point in time security guards at shows were tyrants when it came to snapping a picture of your favorite rock star on stage. As the years have moved on cell phones became more and more common. No real problem at this point, it was when they started adding cameras to them is when stuff got out of hand. It started off with a few guys off to the side filming the band, once again no problem. But now, oh man. You will see some people filming whole shows on a phone. I’m the kind of guy that does not care what you do as long as it does not effect me. If you are going to film a whole show on a cell phone please make sure you are not in the way of others. I have had to move many times at concerts because of someone doing this (phone over the head right in my face) you know the move. I am just still very unclear on why people do this. They spend $100 on a ticket and watch the whole show on a 6-inch screen. I am sure the band has put out a live DVD made with professional equipment. Why not save your cash and just buy the video?
Working in radio over the past 15+ years I have met/know a ton of musicians. They will tell you about how they had to live in a van for a few months to keep the dream alive or when they played a gig in front of three people and did not get paid or……………. My point is, almost all the musicians (you pay good money to go see) want you to watch the show, listen to the music and have a good time. It’s all about respect. They would much rather see someone in the crowd pumping their fist and dancing around. So if you or anyone you know does this please just put down the phone. Trust me you will have a much better time and so will the people around you.