When Peter Frampton sets the rules, you better believe he will see that they are followed.
Fans at Frampton's concert in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday, Aug. 3, were given clear instructions that no flash photography or video would be allowed at any time during the concert. Naturally, there were two people who decided it was their right to completely disregard all of what they had been told, and, of course, they were right in the front of the crowd.
Melissa Schickel of Onstage Magazine was in attendance and wrote about how it all went down:
At first, Peter kept gesturing to them, saying, ‘No, don’t do that. Stop!” But they just did not get the hint. He was frantically looking for security, but they were nowhere nearby…Peter quickly turned around and turned his back to the audience and played that way for several moments ...
As he neared the end of [‘Do You Feel Like We Do'], you could see the absolute look of desperation and frustration on Peter’s face. I have never seen an artist so upset before. Once, and he stormed off the stage. At his breaking point, and the guy in the front row unrelenting – apparently with no self control considering he’s already flipped Peter off and turned around and called the rest of the audience a bunch of deadbeats – Peter ends the song, walks over and with a huge smile on his face bends down and says, ‘Hey can I see that? Can I see the photos you’ve been taking?’ The guy hands him his phone and Peter stands up, spins, and flings for the rafters! Yes! The phone went flying to the back of the stage and we all erupted in cheers! With years of experience playing guitar, we just knew he had a great arm!
Following news of Frampton's actions spreading out online, the singer took to Facebook to comment on the matter.
"For those of you from the Carmel, IN (Kah-mull) show who are still scratching your heads as to why I would relieve someone, in the front row, of their phone/camera .... Please read the review below," Frampton wrote while linking to a review by writer Jeff Davis. "Many thanks to the eyewitnesses who came forward to explain how annoying, 'Team Distraction' actually were," Frampton wrote.
Peter Frampton: Enforcer of rules, destroyer of phones. (And no, there is no video.)
[h/t: Ultimate Classic Rock]