End of Cell Phones at Concerts?

Jack White's show in Buffalo this summer is cell phone-free

Mike Baggerman
January 25, 2018 - 11:00 pm

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LEWISTON, N.Y. (WBEN) - The era of cell phones at concerts may be coming to an end.

Jack White, former frontman of The White Stripes, recently announced his 2018 tour dates, which includes a June 8 stop at Lewiston's Artpark. As excited as fans may be for White's show in Lewiston, they won't be able to document much of the show.

Cell phone use is forbidden during the show.

Fans who purchased tickets were given the following message after buying:

"PLEASE NOTE: this is a PHONE-FREE show. No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed. We think you'll enjoy look 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 Yondr 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 Yondr Phone Zone located on the terrace. 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 Jack White Live Instagram account @officialjackwhitelive. Repost our photos & videos as much as you want and enjoy a phone-free, 100% human experience."

Pre-sale for the show began last week. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday morning at 10 a.m.

A couple people WBEN spoke with said that comedian Dave Chappelle had the same policy at a surprise show he held at Shea's Performing Arts Center in 2016.

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