You can bring your phone to the Jack White show in April, but you won’t be able to use it without retreating to a “phone zone.”
In April, White is coming to the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, and he announced this week the concert will be a “phone-free show.” Live Nation, which is promoting the tour, posted this notice on its website:
“Jack White is gearing up to tour this April in support of his new album, ‘Boarding House Reach,’ and in advance of those dates has sent out a statement to venues advising fans that shows on the tour will be ‘phone-free,’ with no photos, video or audio recording devices allowed.
“We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON. Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a … pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated (phone zone) located in the lobby or concourse.
“For those looking to do some social media postings, let us help you with that. Our official tour photographer will be posting photos and videos after the show at jackwhiteiii.com and the new Jack White Live Instagram account.
Repost our photos and videos as much as you want and enjoy a phone-free, 100 percent human experience.”
The former frontman of the White Stripes will perform at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater on April 24, a Tuesday. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Jan. 26.
The issue of banning phones at concerts has long been debated, as it was in this discussion in May at the Grammys website.