I know that "hating people with smartphones" is a thing, but could someone explain the logic behind it, at least in the context of shitty old bands and their concerts?
Because he's in the front row of a show that I have to assume he paid money for and he's not paying any attention to the band. Ignore that this is Slipknot for a second: would you find this behavior acceptable at a play or a musical, etc? As someone who has played a lot of shows, I know that this would annoy the shit out of me too.
Also, this was probably the highlight of the show for this goob.
Back in their day kids paid attention to concerts and held up lighters.
At a Slipknot show, sure, I'd be surprised if ANYONE was paying attention!
I can see why bands used to throw tantrums over flash photography, because bright lights flashing in your eyes are incredibly distracting. But if you can't hold your audience's attention, that's not your audience's problem - that's yours. Don't get violent and abusive just because you suck at your job, Corey!
Cena - what if you've got a Lighter App on your phone? What if that poor fan was trying to bring up his Lighter App, so he could show respect to Slipknot?
The hating people with smartphones at concerts thing largely stems from when there are a sea of people holding up their phones recording it, which means their bright screens are pointed at everyone behind them, which can be really distracting and annoying for people who just want to watch and enjoy the show. See images like this:
CapnS - that just looks like a sea of lighters.
I dunno, they seem to be holding everyone else's attention though. I don't think there's a single artist or band on Earth capable of holding 100% of the audience's attention, especially these days as there are more distractions than ever.
You've put me in a spot where I am essentially defending Slipknot and I don't like it.
Five stars for awesome nu-matal rage.
Were you into nu-metal, Cena? I know you liked rap, and it's basically rap.
Well, rap with slightly-better singing, I mean.
5 stars for the dude reacting with a "back atcha" gun point.
slipknot is a great band who puts on a fantastic live show
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