Friday, May 24, 2024

Chris Rock: Comedian Bans Mobile Devices at London’s O2 Arena

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*Chris Rock fans who attended his shows at London’s O2 Arena over the weekend were warned to leave their mobile devices at home, Sky News reported.

Rock banned all phones and smart watches from his UK Total Blackout tour in January. It’s his way of preventing fans from recording his performances and posting them up on social media/online. Ticket holders were warned that anyone caught using their cell phones at the shows would be booted from the venue.

The comedian has said the use of the devices has become a “major intrusion” on the integrity of his performances.

Rock said that “there is also the added problem for comedians who spend months polishing their performances to a high state of hilarity only to have their punchlines shared in advance by illegal recordings of their show.”

Per MSN:

The solution is to have the mobile devices placed for free in Yondr pouches, which are locked as fans enter the arena. The attendees keep the pouches with them at all times during the show and then are unlocked as they leave. If a fan needs to use their phone at any time during the show, they can go to a designated area and a staff member will open them.

Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald saw Rock’s show in Glasgow and tweeted: “How refreshing to not see 10,000 phones and people actually talking to each other. It’s the future!”

Another fan tweeted: “It was beautiful to actually see so many people not using their phones like zombies!”

Rock is reportedly not the only star using the Yondr pouches, artists such as Dave Chapelle, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Guns N’ Roses are as well.

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