Tool has had a fairly strict “no phones” policy at their shows. The policy has been met with criticism over the years, and obviously hasn’t been bullet proof given fan-filmed footage surfacing here and there. But still Tool isn’t a fan of people having their phones out during their shows.
One of the fans on Reddit noted that some fans keep on holding their phones up, filming during the songs at the Rockville.
“Man it was tough seeing them with people holding their phone the entire time recording an entire song. I don’t mind a 20-30 sec clip or a few snaps, but just filming the entire time at a Tool show was just different to see after most of the shows I’ve seen them at had the no phones rule. Makes you realize why they do it now and it makes a huge difference in the experience.”
Last year, in an interview with Metal Hammer, Tool guitarist Adam Jones explained why the policy exists. Jones said it partially stems from people having no clue what they’re doing and turning their flashlight on, and partially because everyone having their phone out takes something away from the special nature of a live show.
“Yeah, I mean, for us, we’ve actually seen it changing and more and more big acts are asking their fans respectfully to enjoy the show, rather than looking at their camera the whole time. I think one of the problems is you get a lot of lights because people don’t know how to use their cameras correctly, which makes it very blinding onstage. It’s just…it’s that connection. You lose something without that connection, and you just want people to be in their own world rather than getting the whole show on their phone and then never looking at it again.”
Jones later added that standing behind someone with their phone out the whole time is a huge pain in the a**, and usually distracts from watching the actual show.