Maynard on A Perfect Circle’s “No Photos” Policy: “Unplug and enjoy the ride.”
A lot of folks are pretty upset about the “No photos” policy on A Perfect Circle’s current tour, especially the 60 people who got tossed from this past weekend’s show in Reading, PA. The directive is nothing new for frontman Maynard James Keenan, who’s employed similar tactics at shows with Tool and Puscifer, but the more technology becomes entrenches in our culture the more it rubs concert-goers the wrong way.
Maynard himself has now chimed in. When a fan left a comment on one of Maynard’s Instagram posts that attempted to defend her desire to take photos at shows, he replied with the following:
“No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and and enjoy the ride.”
Look, I get it: be present, be in the moment, take this one opportunity in life to unplug for an hour, you can use your phone later. But fighting the tide of technology is always foolish, and in his comment I think Maynard has inadvertently made an argument against his own point: it was one thing to ask fans not to film 25 years ago, but it’s entirely different now!
This debate surely isn’t going away any time soon. Chime in below.
[via The PRP]