If you’re showing up to see A Perfect Circle on their current tour, the band don’t want you taking pictures. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. It’s not like Maynard James Keenan has ever particularly been about having his picture taken. In fact, for the most part, he’s perfectly content singing in the shadows and letting the rest of the musicians in whatever band he’s playing with have the spotlight. However, perhaps because it’s been so long since they’ve toured, a lot of people seem to be taking the “no photography” gauntlet thrown down as a challenge *ahem*. Enough so that when 60 people reportedly were ejected from a show in Pennsylvania over the weekend for doing just that. There were a lot of security at our show in Brooklyn with flashlights following the glow of cell phone screens.
At any rate, on Keenan’s Instagram, someone brought up the fact that people were getting thrown out, and Maynard essentially said “yeah, well, you know what you signed up for.”
“No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and and enjoy the ride.”
There’s two different ways to approach this. There’s something to be said about putting your phone down and enjoying a show. We can see his point there. However, it’s 2017, and since so many people are used to having their phones with them constantly, it’s not going to happen. But one thing that’s kind of refreshing about Tool and A Perfect Circle is that there’s so much that isn’t out there about them. But then again, if you pay your hard-earned money to see a band you like, you should probably be able to snap away, within reason. We could go on and on about this, and it’s not like there really is one right answer.
[Via Metal Sucks]