You’re at a concert; you paid $60.00; the artist is your absolute fave. The music is pumping, the lights are flashing, the sweet smell of liquor is in the air, you are having the time of your life, and the rest of the audience is looking at their palms; distracted by the pretty glow of their cell phones. Now, I get it, proper concert etiquette is not a new topic. We have all read the articles entitled, “What Not to do at Concerts”, and “Ten Ways to Not Anger the Poor Young Girl Beside You Who Actually Really Likes This Band and is Here to Look at More Than Her Cell Phone Screen For the Billionth Time Today”. However, this past weekend this concept was taken to an extreme for me when I saw none other than Cyndi Lauper on her “Still So Unusual” tour.
If you know anything about Cyndi Lauper, you know that she is an opinionated, hard-working lady. She exemplified this during her set by stating that she is half Sicilian, half German, you are in her artistic space, and you will pay attention damn it! It is not a hard concept to grasp – when someone does not want you to take their picture, you do not do it. However, apparently for one middle aged man in the front row, the request was too much to handle. Cyndi stopped the show mid She-Bop, and told the man (using a plethora of words I feel are inappropriate for this article) to kindly leave the room if he was going to defy her wishes. He did not leave and he did not stop taking photographs either. Shortly after, his phone was confiscated.
By reason of association, I am a snob. When I go to a concert, I do not want to see hundreds of cellphones in the air recording the performance, obstructing my view. I also do not want to have my attention constantly drawn to the glare of the cellphone of the man sitting beside me (who was reading sports news by the way). Cyndi told the audience early on that she wanted them to be in the moment with no distractions. She wanted us to get into the groove, feel the music, and experience something real. When I shell out $60.00, I expect the people around me to respect me and my desire to experience for that which I paid. We are supposed to be there for the music, and if someone feels differently, then from now on I will kindly ask them to leave the room.
Cover photo courtesy of Live Music Head