More artists asking fans to put away cell phones during shows


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The times have certainly changed since Bob Dylan first picked up a guitar.

In the 1960’s, when Dylan went electric, artists didn’t have to worry about fans taking pictures and videos of the show.

Now, though, just about everyone in the crowd has a smartphone with a high definition camera.

Fans attending the Bob Dylan show at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel Sunday night were surprised to learn there was a strict no-picture policy at the show.

It’s a trend that’s becoming more and more popular as artists struggle to connect with fans who are watching through a tiny screen.

Nashville rocker Jack White asks fans before each show to put their phones away and enjoy his show.

Guns N’ Roses, who are taking their reunion tour through Nashville in July, have gone so far as to ban cell phones at some events.

Some say the cell phone disconnect is largely generational.

“A lot of artists who are older, it’s distracting for them a little bit to be playing to a bunch of cell phones,” said Hunter Kelly, senior correspondent for Rare Country in Nashville.

Kelly said many younger artists don’t mind the cameras, and even encourage pictures.

“The younger artists that are coming, they’ve never known what it’s like not to perform to a sea full of cameras,” Kelly said.

According to the Bridgestone Arena website, “The permitted use of cameras varies by event… However, for some events, at the request of the artist/performer/team, cameras of any type may be prohibited.”

Most music venues say their camera policy varies, depending on the requests from artists.

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