QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi says that he “loves” the fact that several major artists have banned cell phones at concerts, explaining that he wants to see people “appreciating what’s in front of them, not living through their phones.”
Through the use of technology like Yondr, fans are able to place their phones in a pouch that unlocks only after they leave the no-cell-phone zone. The pouch can also be unlocked at specific cell phone stations inside the venue.
Asked by Buzz for his outlook on the future of rock and roll, Grossi — who also plays in Dizzy Reed‘s (GUNS N’ ROSES) HOOKERS & BLOW — said: “I like to look at where music is going technology-wise, and I love that people are banning cell phones at shows. Jack White just announced he was doing it, the MISFITS are doing it. You have to lock your phone away in a pouch and don’t get it back until the end of the show.
“I’m sure it’ll happen [at that night’s HOOKERS & BLOW concert]. When we go out onstage, everybody in the audience will be watching the show through their phone. Put it away and enjoy what’s in front of you! I want the future to be people appreciating what’s in front of them, not living through their phones.”