Your smartphone is magic. It both preserves memories and, simultaneously, denies them.
Ever missed out on a great moment because although you were there, you were too busy experiencing it through your screen? Of course you have.
So, don't resent the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the kinda preachy, phone-hating sign they posted at their concert Sunday night -- thank them. They just want you to be in the moment, friend -- and not annoy all the good, hard-rocking folks around you. Including the ones in sequins and leather on stage.
Also, Karen O is the greatest rock star on the planet and can do whatever she likes.
Fans attending the band's April 7 show at New York City's Webster Hall were met with the admonition you see above, which reads:
"Please do not watch the show through a screen on your smart device/camera. Put that s*** away as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian. Much love and many thanks! Yeah Yeah Yeahs"
The raised-up, blue-glowing screen has become as much a part of the standard concert experience as funny guys shouting for "Free Bird" or beer-sticky floors. And none of these things are desirable.
Come on -- those cell phone concert pics never come out looking good. Your unsteady hand, the blue and purple stage lights -- best case scenario, you get something that looks like a toddler's watercolor of a rock show. Worst case, your photo looks like a bunch of fuzzy Smurfs.
If you insist on vicariously rocking out through your screen, you're better off sticking to video. Like the person who shot this one at the Webster Hall show, in total defiance of the sign:
And since now that we've started, it's kind of hard to stop, more:
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