Remove ads, unlock a dark mode theme, and get other perks by upgrading your account. Experience the website the way it's meant to be.

Jack White Banning Cellphones From Tour

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

    This article has been imported from for discussion. All of the forum rules still apply.

    Jack White has banned cellphones from his upcoming tour:

    We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it in person.

    Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.

    Tata Toothy and AshlandATeam like this.
  2. Bayside 182

    Wolverine Supporter

    I'm always curious in these cases if this is actually done to enhance the show experience for the audience and performers or if its purely a "hey we dont want this on youtube" thing
    Analog Drummer and Stevangelion like this.
  3. mattfreaksmeout

    Trusted Supporter

    Unless he's debuting a ton of new songs (most these date are after his album), I don't see why he'd care if they were on youtube. Jack White is definitely the type of artist who would think cell phones ruin the concert experience.
  4. Sean Murphy

    Prestigious Supporter

    I 100% am on board with people getting off of snapchat, instagram, twitter, etc. and just enjoying the show, but at the same time, idc if that's how they want to experience the show they paid to see. As long as it's not directly effecting me i don't really care. I've asked people nicely before who are holding a phone infront of me directly in my view to please move it or take it down, and it's never been met with confrontation.
  5. Steeeve Perry


    On one hand it annoys me when people spend an entire concert filming on their phones. And I bet most of those people never watch more than 10 seconds of their shirty recordings.
    On the other hand as long as I can see the show what a bunch of strangers are doing doesn't affect me at all.
    I mean why complain that others aren't absorbing a live concert experience properly when you are doing the same by wasting time focusing on random crowd members?
  6. Steve_JustAGuy


    I get it, and while it's not necessarily new for him, I don't know how I feel about it. But then again, if you don't like it, you don't have to go I suppose.
    Stevangelion likes this.
  7. mattfreaksmeout

    Trusted Supporter

    I think it's more like a "for their own good" type thing. From Jack's perspective. There's certainly a concern about people living through their screens more than just enjoying their lives.

    I don't really feel any way about people using their phones, but I also don't think there's anything wrong with him not allowing people to if he doesn't want them to. It's his show after all.

    Although I can't help but think of the security concerns associated with this.
    Aaron Mook and Steve_JustAGuy like this.
  8. Sean Murphy

    Prestigious Supporter

    I think my ultimate feeling is, I don't particularly enjoy the sea of phone screens, but I think what I dislike more is the idea that my phone will be completely non-functional in this "mandatory" little pouch whenever I am in the room.
    Frenzyofdeceit and Stevangelion like this.
  9. earthlight

    Trusted Supporter

    I am here for this, and interested to see how it goes over
  10. ZeoVGM


    Yeah, I won't go to a show if they plan on confiscating my phone. Sorry.
    emeryk3 and Stevangelion like this.
  11. RileyWitiw

    more like Supporter

    Musicians need to lighten up on this shit. so pretentious.
  12. Steeeve Perry


    It would be in your pocket and usable at any time.
    slimfenix182 and Jason Tate like this.
  13. midnightxtaylor


    I would understand the frustration if they were confiscating your phone, but you literally stick it in a pouch that you hold yourself, and if you want to use it then you just go to the lobby...
    Serenity Now, TJ Wells and JRGComedy like this.
  14. BirdPerson

    fuck tammy! Prestigious

    i am a person who only uses my phone at certain times during a show, like to take a pic once in a while, or text my gf if she's not there etc. punishing the "good" fans, eh Jack?

    that said it sounds relatively non-intrusive, if you get to hold the pouch yourself.
    Hazelnutsack and Stevangelion like this.
  15. Sean Murphy

    Prestigious Supporter

    Not really, you have to go out of the performance area to a designated zone to unlock it at a kiosk.
    Stevangelion likes this.
  16. Sean Murphy

    Prestigious Supporter

    Serenity Now and Steeeve Perry like this.
  17. ForestOfAllusion

    Old Aesthetic Prestigious

    I really think this sets a bad precedent for performers who ban phones like this. It's bad enough most concert venues don't let me take in my DSLR when all I want are a few really cool stills from the experience, I am not recording the entire show to bootleg. I personally wouldn't stand with my phone recording the entire show but I like to be able to take a few photos. And holy shit Yondr is cleaning up on this trend.
    Stevangelion likes this.
  18. totallysweet

    Are we about to kiss? Supporter

    fuck that. not into it.
  19. SuNDaYSTaR


    I remember someone using these bags a couple years ago. Not a bad idea by any means, but I wonder how I'd feel having to use one.
  20. Fucking Dustin

    Hey now we'll be okay Supporter

    So dumb question but: If the phone is in this case are you unable to hear it if it goes off?

    If so, this parent is very anti-this idea
    Frenzyofdeceit and dadbolt like this.
  21. Fucking Dustin

    Hey now we'll be okay Supporter

    With that said I would LOVE having phones locked away for comedy sets
  22. Sean Murphy

    Prestigious Supporter

    Good question and point.
  23. mattfreaksmeout

    Trusted Supporter

    The more I think about it, tbh, this is a bad idea. If anything, they should be banned in a "if you get caught using it you will be escorted from the venue" type of way, rather than a you literally are not able to use it.

    Like one example: I was at a show once and my sister got in a car accident, so of course my mom texted me. Luckily it wasn't too serious, but if it had been? What if I needed to leave immediately, but had no way of knowing.
    Frenzyofdeceit likes this.
  24. mattfreaksmeout

    Trusted Supporter

    Also how is there an entire company dedicated to making pouches to ban cell phone use?
    dadbolt, FTank and Max_123 like this.
  25. DandonTRJ

    ~~~ヾ(^∇^ Supporter

    I've had to use Yondr pouches at Disney movie premieres, and what bugs me is how it completely incapacitates the phones rather than disabling what they're presumably mostly intended to thwart (live bootlegging). Why not design the pouches so that they only obstruct the camera/microphone (which have fairly uniform placement across phone brands) but otherwise allow you to use your touchscreen? That way you can still text/e-mail in case of emergency and otherwise entertain yourself during downtime between sets.