Red Hot Chili Peppers Member ‘Angry’ With Fans For Surprising Reason


Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer discussed fans using phones at concerts in a new Josh Mail on

A fan asked:

After seeing you record the crowd during your Californication solo, i imagine to show your annoyance with all the phones in the air and no hands pumping , do you think there is maybe an updated version of throw away your television that is waiting to be made about phones (during concerts)? That would be awesome to play at concerts, it could actually make a difference in the crowds.

p.s. I ironically only know this through people recording concerts with phones!

Klinghoffer answered:


Phones make a lot of things easy. They also have stripped a lot of things of a certain innocence and excitement that I think made things special. It’s up to us to use these things in a respectful way. When I see people holding machines up and obstructing the view of the people behind them, I get angry. I’ve never heard a musician say, “Oh man, I love looking out and seeing a sea of phones.” I hear the opposite. Who cares? People will do what they’ll do.


  • Dysnomia

    Weird definition of surprising. Every band hates that. So do all fans wanting to experience a concert.

    • GhastlyFuckFace

      Agreed. I remember when I saw Steven Wilson live two years back, they had a no camera/cell phone policy implemented. Its usually the venue, in that situation. Knowing SW as an artist, I knew he implemented it himself. Sure enough, he politely reiterated it during the show, and elaborated on why. The why was simple: music aside, the show was also a visual experience. He asked that fans put their technology aside for one night and merely watch, listen and indulge in the presentation before them.

      The crowd was extremely responsive to it. It made the show that much more memorable, not having phones out to hold hostage the atmosphere. Wish more artists would do this.