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Yeah Yeah Yeahs ask fans to shed 'smart devices' and 'cameras'

Posted by Emily Wright  April 9, 2013 01:56 PM

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform during the Vive Latino Music Fest in Mexico City on March 15.

Been to a concert lately? Had an urge to pull out your cell phone and record a sub-par video of the performance? Well, fans of the band around you might not like that too much --nor do the bands, apparently, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The rock group recently asked fans to shell their smart devices at a Webster Hall show, Spin Magazine reports.

The band (or someone working for the band) posted a sign on the doors of the venue that read:

"PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA.

PUT THAT [EXPLETIVE] AWAY as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian.

MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS!

YEAH YEAH YEAHS"

The band's lead singer, Karen O, later reiterated the written sentiment by telling the crowd to take as many photos as they wanted during the second song of the night, "Gold Lions," before putting those newfangled cellular phones away, according to Spin.

Think they were going overboard? Do you think smartphones take away from concerts? Let us know in the comments.

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