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Re: “Lunchtime Poll: Should Cellphones Be Allowed at Concerts?

I am less bothered by cell phones than I am by ear splitting shrieks or folks who refuse to sit down. It's fun to try to capture a decent concert photo to share with my friends. Don't see the harm in it, really.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Keep Peace on 11/12/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

This is my second comment. Two days later I've reassessed: I am glad I got to see Chrissie Hynde, one of the baddest bad-asses in rock and roll, strut her stuff and unapologetically show her anger. It was unrehearsed, uncompromising, raw, and real. I will never forget this performance and her personality, even though it was three songs shorter than earlier sets. It was refreshing to see a performer NOT ingratiate themselves to the crowd and pander for applause and approval. Those ass-holes up front taking pics are who we should be mad at, not Chrissie. We cannot complain or be surprised that any of this happened from a woman who triumphantly raised her fist above her head and proudly proclaimed, "I'm a cunt!"

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ray on 11/12/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Interpol Tonight at Marathon Music Works

Kickass show last night!! Hope they come back soon!

Posted by Erin Dunlap on 11/12/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

Yes, great report. I can really only confirm what others have said. I had read some reviews of previous shows and was fully aware of where she stands regarding photos. I did not see the relatively fine print 8 1/2 X 11 notices about not taking pics or vids until after the show. In my opinion the primary offender here was the audience, it shouldn't have more than one request from Chrissie to get them to chill. Then there is the Ryman, there should have been much clearer and enforced communication, with real security when necessary. Lastly Chrissie probably could have handled it a little more eloquently. It was really uncomfortable when she cut "Adding the Blue" short and walked offstage. I too thought any encore was unlikely, fortunately that was not the case.

Otherwise the show rocked, the band was on fire and Chrissie proved why she remains a legend.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kevin L on 11/12/2014 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Watch Olivia Jean Play 'Merry Widow' on Conan

This girl can not sing to save her soul. She sounds god awful. I have to agree with most of the general public that if it wasn't for her rumored relationship with Jack she would never have a record deal. Her performance on Conan only proves that.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Dylan on 11/12/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Interpol Tonight at Marathon Music Works

Interpol rock's years from now they will still rock in my mind they did something no other band has ever done so good with there 1st two albums....turn on the bright lights and head out to that show people you will be happy you did!!!

Posted by Timmy Beasley on 11/12/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Watch Olivia Jean Play 'Merry Widow' on Conan

This girl was on the same night but on David Letterman.
Check out Jessica Hernandez! FROM DETROIT!,

She can sing and did not have to screw anyone to get her late night gig.

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: "Sorry I Stole Your Man ... - YouTube
Video for youtube jessica hernandez► 3:55► 3:55

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: "Sorry I Stole Your Man" … —
14 hours ago - Uploaded by Late Show with David Letterman

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Guest on 11/12/2014 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Watch Olivia Jean Play 'Merry Widow' on Conan

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas:
"Sorry I Stole Your Man ... - YouTube
Uploaded by Late Show with David Letterman
Making their Late Show debut with a song from "Secret Evil."

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Guest on 11/12/2014 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

The last time I saw her in at Exit/In four years ago, she was going off on phone users, then, too, and I found it admirable and agreed with her that it not only is distracting as an audience member, but it must be annoying to be playing your heart out to LED screens rather than actual human faces. I support her in that, for sure. So, I'm not surprised she is still fixated on stamping out the 21st century tendency toward passive rock concert interaction. However, it's getting to the point that it's almost seeming like shtick. Like an effective faux confrontation that the audience never fails to conspire in assisting. She's either gonna have to stop touring, or have a search and temporary confiscation policy at her shows.

She seems ageless. She's got the same haircut, the same eyeliner, the same swagger, attitude and body she did 30 years ago. The only age-revealing feature that marks her as a rock star of another era is this fixation on cell phones and the demand that fans participate in the experience. If I were her, I know I'd be just as pissed off about it, but it really does dull the power of her set. Because of her prickliness, though, the show truly was punk rock. It reminds me of how un-punk the music business and concert experience really is anymore, at least when it comes to artists with legitimate punk backgrounds who are major stars.

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Posted by jillville on 11/11/2014 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

I have been a Pretenders fan for a long time and I personally have been influenced with Chrissie's contralto vocals.
Seeing The Pretenders/Chrissie with my best friend in the 80's up close and at a time when there were no smart phones let alone the basic cell phone, truly was amazing. What you had was the total music experience. You stood the entire time,dancing and sweating it out with people you didn't know, and having some drinks while being completely caught up in the music and your only bragging rights were your ticket to the show or maybe a tshirt, if they were even selling them.
Truthfully, a lot of the pics or videos I've seen people take are deleted anyway due to limited space on the phone, and then quickly replaced by a 'SELFIE'. Meanwhile, back at the ranch... you've missed what could have been a really great music experience. Oh and I absolutely loved it that Chrissie's bad ass self flipped the obnoxious asshole off.
Having said that, I agree that the lighting and sound issues should have been addressed prior to the show. Isn't that what sound check is for? It would have been even better without ALL of the distractions and I too left feeling a bit unsatisfied even in spite of the great and perfect sound of Chrissie and the band. At 63 she still looks and sounds great.

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Posted by Renee L. on 11/11/2014 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

I drove 3 hours to attend this concert, arrived cold-stone sober, and expected to enjoy an awesome concert from my vantage point in row c of the balcony. Not bad seats at all. I ended up with two drunk women swaying their asses in my face, frailing their arms all around, and singing all of the songs. I was thankful that they moved on late in the show. Within minutes the two were making their way through the crowd down on the floor, with security eventually having to pull one of them back from the stage. Also distracting were two men who arrived late (after the Rails) to be seated between me and a kind, though very large woman, sitting on the bench in the area of their seats. The men stand down at the balcony rail, looking toward us. One of them says, "That's BULLSHIT!" and proceeds to pull out his phone, take a photo of the large woman and share the photo on line. What a f#@king asshole! He and his partner climb over the benches and take their seats. Then they make fun of the drunks in front of us, only to discovered that they have made their way to the floor and follow suit. Trust me, there were LOTS of distractions at this venue and I am so glad that I did not have floor seating or security would have been involved when a bunch of inconsiderate drunks feel entitled to position themselves where ever the hell they want to. If you want this type of concert, go to one that does NOT have assigned seating and a standing only main floor.
I thought the band & Chrissie sounded pretty spot on. She may have not been pleased with some of the things, but as professionals you move on and give your audience the best show you can and deal with the issues during a break.

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Posted by Deb Guffey on 11/11/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

I've never seen a show quite like this one, and I think you really brought a balanced view to it, so thank you. I was in the upper level, so I appreciate the perspectives from those in the lower level of the Ryman. It sounds like it may have been worse that what I was able to see - in fact, all I saw was Chrissie's on-stage angst (the mic, the lights, the chairs that weren't there in sound check, the lights again, the guitarist, the phones, etc.).

I think the Ryman could've maintained order a little better, but I also think CH could have womaned up and finished the set like a professional. I saw Ryan Adams (yes, the guy with a bit of a hostile reputation) diffuse an unruly crowd in St. Louis last month, and with a few respectful, carefully chosen words, it made everyone chill out and enjoy the night. If he can do it, surely CH could get everyone to pay attention, who wouldn't listen to that voice? That's what I came to the Ryman to do!

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike on 11/11/2014 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

I recently saw Kate Bush in concert--another legend who fans would have loved to snap a quick pic of, but not a single photograph was taken during the entire three hour show. She sent an email message to each ticket buyer, signed by her, politely explaining that she wanted to spend the night with the audience and not cell phones and iPads, and to please refrain from taking pictures.

I don't expect everyone to go to those lengths, but if the picture-taking bothers Chrissie Hynde that much why didn't she just stop after the first song and say, "Look: picture taking is very distracting to me. Please don't take any more," or, "Take your pictures now and when you're done I'll get back to the show." That probably would have solved the problem. So though I understand her frustration, I don't understand why she punished the entire audience by stomping off and giving us a shorter show because of the annoying behavior of a few inconsiderate idiots.

And it wasn't just picture-taking that seemed to annoy or distract her throughout the show. The front row was too close. The lights were too bright. She moved her microphone stand several times over the course of a few songs until she found a spot she liked. At one point she threw her arms up in exasperation and said to the lead guitarist, "I don't understand what's going on." How about just telling the audience, We're having issues with lights, or sound, or picture taking?

Despite all this, I thought she (and the band) sounded perfect. Absolutely perfect. It was a great performance, but because of the dynamics between her and a few stupid audience members I left feeling unsatisfied.

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Posted by Ray on 11/11/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

I wasn't there, luckily. Regardless of the cell phones, I hate it when the performers act with such utter disdain for the very people who help put them on the stage and in the spotlight. Cell phone use is what happens today. Get over it already.

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Posted by KD on 11/11/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

My wife and I was in row H dead center. The idiots in the crowd ruined the evening for everyone for a blurry pic/video. I had to bob and weave to see the show from all of the phones in the air. I blame the Ryman for not helping enforce the artists wishes. Would have been nice if Chrissey would have asked fans to put them away, and if not she would exit the building. Bet the phones would have disappeared. Stopping mid way through a song several times, waving them off, even the guitar player was waving amateur photographers off, idiots didn't get the message. Standing in a concert is to be expected, but in a venue with ticketed seats, people shouldn't be allowed to rush the stage from the aisles. The only crowd control I saw was from, and I mean no disrespect, but elderly ladies. Disappointed in my first trip to the Ryman. Supposed to be a sacred place for music, only to see a train wreck in crowd . I am embarrassed to have been a part of this rude, disrespectful crowd on such an evening that HAD the potential for a magical experience! If she tours again, bet she stays away from Nashville, crying shame!!!

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Posted by LongsRule on 11/11/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

Some of you are flat out blind, If you did not notice the issues stated in this article. Everyone noticed it. I also don't get why anyone would expect people to remain seated during a rock concert. If you want to enjoy a sit down performance go to the Opera or ballet or maybe just stay home.

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Posted by SayWhat?!?! on 11/11/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

I was so happy to be going to the concert last night because I have been a fan since 1981 and this was my FIRST time seeing Chrissie Hynde in concert. Well, let me say, this will also be my last. I have never left a concert early but I did this time and don't regret anything but having wasted my money. While I certainly understand her anger at the people who were taking her pic/recording, it was her reaction to things that really destroyed the energy of the evening. It started to feel like we (the fans) were a nuisance to her. It was like being stuck with cranky Aunt Griselda for an evening and thinking "just don't piss her off anymore or she will leave the stage for good in Axl Rose style". In Chrissie's defense, I do think that the Ryman workers should have been strict about enforcing the rules - some jerk behind me filmed the entire time I was there and bitched if anyone got in his way. Also, it would have been nice if her vocals were turned up a little louder than the band and if the lighting/guitar issues could have been resolved without as much angst. Overall, disappointing evening - wish I could've seen her in the 1980's.

17 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by kimodo on 11/11/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

jeeper, um, I'm not trying to pick a fight here but I don't see how you could have been "unaware of the problems stated by this article" when Chrissie Hynde was so obviously pissed off. Did you not see her give a cell phone photographer the finger? Or stomp off to the side of the stage a couple of times to complain about something? Were you, perhaps, viewing the show through your cell phone? I don't mean to be obnoxious about it, but her frustrated attitude defined the show and I can't reconcile how anyone couldn't have seen it.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bill on 11/11/2014 at 3:48 PM
Posted by Tim Ables on 11/11/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Chrissie Hynde Hindered by Smartphones at Rockin' Ryman Gig

Photos don't bother me personally near as much as the drunken "singing" and screaming that goes on nearly every show now that Lower Broad is such a draw. Out of towners go down there at noon and climb in the bottle, then show up at the venue falling down drunk. Doesn't seem like anyone ever stops them at the door or refuses to serve them more alcohol once they get inside, either.

To be clear: nobody begrudges you your good time, but it stinks when you and your one friend won't sit down when everyone around you is seated, when you yell nonsense/unlikely requests over and over during every song or "sing" along (believe me, nobody wants to hear a person with no particular vocal training, drunk, over an artist they've paid $$$ to see/hear.) It's hard to enjoy the show when you keep stomping my feet/falling into my lap and it's not fun to get my dry cleaning bill after you've spilled all over me and everyone around you reaching for your beer.

Really distressing to see a venue that used to be known for really quality performers turn into just another honky tonk. No way I'd go on a weekend night any more for any reason.

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Posted by J Wilson on 11/11/2014 at 3:01 PM

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