Cell phones at concerts | On the Rocks

Should cell phones be allowed at concerts?

Your favorite band is about to come out. The lights are dim. The crowd is electric and roaring. Ninety seconds of pure suspense occurs, when all of a sudden…the band bursts out from behind the curtain.

But, like clock work, the cell phones burst out of everyone’s pockets at the exact same time.

Smartphone usage has been an ongoing debate throughout the last decade between concert goers and musicians. In certain cases, musicians like Jack White simply won’t allow mobile devices at his lives shows. Comedians have resorted to similar tactics by using products like Yondr. Cell phones can certainly be an annoyance to fans, but should we not be allowed have a memory of our favorite band?

Technology has come a long way since the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. Grandma and Grandpa didn’t have the means to record an Elvis concert on a mobile computer, but is that bad thing? Do the elderly genuinely regret not having access to cell phones at concerts for the sake of memories? Do cell phones truly take away from the concert experience or is that just another “Ok Boomer” argument?

In the inaugural episode of On the Rocks, Mark Radlund is joined by Michael and Ty of Super Metal World podcast to discuss the pros and cons of cell phones at live events. Additionally, they banter about some other nagging concert pet peeves including mosh pit etiquette, fans that constantly go on beer runs, and people ripping nasty farts in the general admission area.

With that, sit down, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy the show.

See you soon.

Mark Radlund

Hosted by
Nate Callens

Nate is a graphic designer as well as an avid appreciator of live music, pop culture of most kinds, and cats. Devon Rexes to be exact. He lives in Fargo, ND with his pop culture-loving wife Melissa Vosen Callens and 3 Devon Rexes: Huey Lewis, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks. They're pretty rad. Send your questions, comments, concerns, swag, and music to [email protected]. Follow Nate on Twitter @natecallens and Instagram @fargonate. Cheers!

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