For a die-hard fan of a favorite band or musician, nothing is more irritating than another concert goer who is talking during the entire show. And with the advent of smartphones, suddenly the contraband camera is no longer policeable as smartphone cameras are next to impossible to control within concert venues.
Artists have all but given up on trying to prevent photos and video recording of their performances. But the other distracting factor is the sea of raised hands snapping pictures and recording entire songs for patrons to upload to Facebook or Instagram.
From an early age I was conditioned to not walk into a theater performance while dialog is being spoken, to wait for a break or a song to end before making an exit out of my seat or to enter a performance. In classical music, applause is generally not given after a movement but only when the entire piece is completed.
With regards to performer respect these days, patrons are often up and out of their seats during songs they don’t know or don’t like, or they see the concert as a place to assemble and be with friends, in essence the show just happens to be going on around them as they enjoy their drinks and conversation.
Shooshing these concert goers almost always returns some sort of “I paid for my ticket….” type of rebuttal. If not a full on fight or continued bad sentiment from the annoying person.
At last night’s Glenn Tilbrook show in New Haven, CT the performer resorted to collecting a half dozen iPhones and then used them to take selfies from the stage, or asking his assistant to record the audience with them. “Come up and film yourselves, it’s a much more interesting angle” he sarcastically said from stage.
I applaud Glenn’s efforts to bring attention to this growing annoyance. For every person that buys a ticket feels they have the right to enjoy themself by carrying on a conversation with their friends while the music plays, the other group has just as much right to enjoy the music undisturbed.