by David Mendez
As someone whose recent concert experiences have been so marred by idiots holding up cameras during performances (I may have bruised a few peoples' ribs at the Childish Gambino show last April, for instance), this sign that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs introduced at their Webster Hall show this weekend is now the reason I'd go check out them in concert:
Its full text:
"PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA.
PUT THAT SHIT AWAY as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian.
MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS!
YEAH YEAH YEAHS"
Karen O reiterated the band's request at the top of the second song (an incredible rendition of Show Your Bones' "Gold Lion"), telling the crowd to snap away as much as they liked for the next few minutes, but then "put those motherfuckers away," mining as though she was holstering a phone on the side of her banana-yellow "Violent Fuzz" suit. SPIN spotted a few violators on the floor of the venue throughout the 16-song set — which featured the live debuts of two Mosquito tracks, "Slave" and "Wedding Song" — but for the most part, the crowd respected the band's wishes.
Good. Because this "recording shows with cell phones" bulllshit has become an epidemic, and I'm sick of it — and the worst part is, it's happening the most with my generation, who is apparently too enamored with uploading shitty cell phone video and audio to realize that they paid good damn money to enjoy a musician plying their trade.
Good on you, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Let's hope this becomes a trend.