People who hold their phones up to record entire songs at concerts are fucking awful. They should be banned from all live music venues and have their pictures posted on the wall like shoplifters at Wal-Mart. Put down your fucking phone and enjoy the music. If your phone is more important than the band in front of you, please go home.
“Oh wow! Look at your crystal clear, hi-quality, perfectly focused, awesome sounding video of the band you took with your phone!” – said no one ever. You are clearly not a fan if you are more concerned about recording a shitty video, and I promise you, your friends don’t care to see it either. Even back when people had VHS and could only afford to record things that were actually important, you know like babies first steps, or graduation, or grandmas . 90th birthday, we still didn’t watch the footage.
Your only job at a show is to drink, dance, party, pay attention, meet guys/girls, and applaud, and you should be damned grateful for the opportunity. And hey smart guy, how are you going to clap if you have a beer in one hand and a camera in the other. You don’t know how good you got it. Back in my day, I didn’t have camera phones, or cell phones, or cameras that I could fit in my pocket, hell I barely had color film, and you know what? I can remember every damn concert I went to.
It’s one thing to take a few pics at a show, but it’s you fuckers who want to record the whole fucking thing that need to be stopped. I know you think you are super important and are some sort of awesome videographer, but there are other people who paid to see the show too and we didn’t pay to see it through your phone. The problem with you people is that your generation was told that everyone is creative and can be an artist. That’s not true.
So ask yourself, before you raise your arm above the crowd like a drowning swimmer: A year from now, or a month from now, or even a week from now, are you or anyone else going to care about the crappy Deerhoof or Mumford & Sons video you uploaded to youtube that a thousand other assholes posted too? No, not even you will care.
Stop. For the love of God please stop. Your video is bad and you should feel bad.
– signed, Grumpy Old Man.