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A show without cellphones? Now there’s a novel idea


By Ray Hamill

I traveled to the Bay Area to see a show this past week, and I ended up taking a trip back in time, back to an age that seems like a lifetime ago, a time before cellphones at concerts.

The show was at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco and featured one of the most iconic women in the history of rock music, Chrissie Hynde, who apparently is not a big fan of cellphones at her shows, and, true to her character, isn’t afraid to voice her opinion on the matter.

As soon as you walked in the door, in fact, there were signs everywhere asking the audience in a polite manner not to use their cellphones during the show, while the ushers repeatedly echoed the sentiment as they led people to their seats.

I even noticed a few people taking photos of these signs with their cellphones, which I found kind of amusing, and I wanted to take a photo of these people taking photos of the signs that were asking them not to take photos, just to show Chrissie, but I’m not sure she would have appreciated the irony. Continue reading



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