No one piss off 70’s rock and roll legend Peter Frampton! The “Show Me the Way” performer stood up to a fan recording his show with a cell phone by allegedly throwing it in the rafters, according to a Thursday story by the Toronto Sun. The show was being held in Carmel, Indiana at the Palladium theater.
Various social media accounts have the story start with a couple in the front row of the concert, appearing intoxicated and causing a scene. Some concertgoers saw the couple taking numerous pictures and video with a cell phone, despite the fact that Peter Frampton himself asked them to stop multiple times. Some people even state that the photos were taken with the flash, or a bright light that helps with lighting when taking a picture. RTV 6 ABC reports that Peter had recently lessoned his restrictions on pictures, but was not allowing flash photography.
The man and woman in the front row were taking constant pictures with their flashes on and talked loudly to each other the whole time. Were asked to turn them off dozens of times along with an announcement in the beginning. They were drunk and rude the entire time. At one point, the guy flipped off Peter Frampton ..." Beth Roberts wrote on a Facebook status that was posted by Frampton on his page.
Many different artists insist on there being no photography or video recording of their live concert, claiming that it distracts them from their performance. In fact, the couple had been warmed even before Frampton’s show started that no recordings or flash would be allowed.
After getting frustrated with the fans, Peter allegedly asked to see the pictures on the phone. The couple gave Frampton the device and he then threw it into the rafters of the Palladium concert hall. Supposedly, cheers and applause broke out amongst the crowd supporting the classic rocker.
Peter Frampton acknowledged the incident on his Facebook, even posting some of his fans accounts of what had happened at the concert. Despite the unpleasant experience and showcasing his musical professionalism, he stated that he enjoyed playing in Carmel and would be back for another concert in the future.
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 … Many thanks to the eyewitnesses who came forward to explain how annoying, ‘Team Distraction’ actually were.
And not just to me but everyone arm round them,” Frampton wrote.
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