In an interview with Detroit’s The WRIF, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor talked about his stance on fans who use their phones at concerts.
TL;DR: He doesn’t like it. Not at all.
“I see it every once in a while,” said Taylor. “People don’t do it so much at our shows, and if they do, they do it from quite a ways back, because I empty whole water bottles into people as soon as I see them staring at their phone or tweeting or whatever.”
He went on: “There was this one poor girl…she wasn’t being very covert about it. So I emptied four bottles into her, and oh my God, it had to have broken her phone. And then she was just bummed for the rest of the night, and I just kept shrugging at her, going, ‘Hey, it’s a live show. Pay attention, or don’t be here.’
“So, yeah, I don’t see it as much anymore, because I think I’ve made the statement that I will ruin your phone if you do that in front of my show.”
I get it. It’s distracting to be on stage while audience members are tweeting/texting/Tindering. Putting the phone away except for the odd photo is respectful, and shows you’re there to experience the event.
But the reality is, there’s always going to be someone playing with their phone madly while the band pours their soul and sweat into a gig. Dumping water on a fan’s device with the intent to break it is just overkill.
It’s property damage too, if you want to get into it.
If you’re a fan, be a fan. Respect the band; they worked hard to be on that stage, and they want to entertain you. Have a good time.
And if you’re the band…chill out. Tell your fans how you feel. Don’t lose fans by breaking their devices. That’s not rock and roll.