Green Day delighted Aussie fans by recently announcing a massive 2017 Australian tour, and for the forthcoming run of shows frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wants your eyes on the stage, not on your mobile device.
Armstrong has put a call out, encouraging fans to have a “human experience” and leave mobile phones in their pockets during upcoming shows.
“At our shows I see lot of people holding up cell phones. You can look at a screen at home; you can look at your computer or your phone anywhere,” Armstrong said at a Q&A event in London this week, which you can watch in in full below.
“You can take your picture but let’s have eye contact, let’s have a human experience right now that you can’t capture on a cell phone,” Armstrong added.
The veteran rocker said he struggles to get his head around the idea that people would rather listen to a song later on a video they took during a show.
“Why would you want to listen to your favourite song going like this [holds arm in air] when you can just hear it right in front of you? I think a little more human contact is good,” he said.
Armstrong is far from the first to speak out or act out against fans filming during concerts. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor even knocked a phone out of the hands of a fan at a gig back in July.
Green Day released their new album Revolution Radio last month, and you can check out the full dates and details for their 2017 Australian tour below.
Watch Green Day’s London Q&A in full, below.
Watch: Green Day London Q&A
Green Day 2017 ‘Revolution Radio’ Australian Tour
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Sunday, 30th April 2017
Perth Arena, Perth
Wednesday, 3rd May 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Friday, 5th May 2017
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Monday, 8th May 2017
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Wednesday, 10th May 2017
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney