What Made Peter Frampton Confiscate a Concertgoer's Camera Phone and Throw It?
FILE - This Dec. 3, 2013 file photo shows Peter Frampton posing on the red carpet at the CMT "Artists of the Year at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, across the genres, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and pedal steel player and country singer Barbara Mandrell. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File)
Peter Frampton doesn't need security to enforce his no flash photography or videotaping during shows policy. He is capable of handling it himself, as he proved earlier this week during a concert at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana.
A couple who reportedly arrived late to the event, missing the pre-show announcement forbidding flash photography and videotaping, upset the legendary rocker as they repeatedly broke the house rules, even after being asked to stop, OnStage Magazine reports.
According to OnStage, Frampton not only gestured for the couple to stop, he also objected to the male in the party taking a selfie as he played in the background. "The male from the front row was even stupid enough to back up to the stage and get the girl to take a 'selfie' of him with Peter," OnStage reports. "Peter quickly turned around and turned his back to the audience and played that way for several moments." But still, the offenders did not get the message.
As the behavior continued, Frampton eventually smiled and gestured for the male to approach the stage, according to the report. When the concertgoer obliged, Frampton leaned over and asked, "Hey can I see that? Can I see the photos you've been taking?" OnStage reports. "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."
Frampton expressed his frustration with the ordeal on Tuesday in a post on his Facebook page. "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," he said in a post that linked to a Word Press blog review of the concert.
"Many thanks to the eyewitnesses who came forward to explain how annoying, 'Team Distraction' actually were. And not just to me but everyone [around] them," he wrote.
Though we can't help but honor and respect Frampton's wishes to not videotape the show, we would love to see a clip of his phone throwing incident.