More than 60 fans ejected from A Perfect Circle show for taking photos
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More than 60 people were forcibly removed from A Perfect Circle's show on Saturday night (November 4th) in Reading, Pennsylvania, according to David Farrar, the General Manager of the Santander Arena & Performing Arts Center where the band performed. The concertgoers were ejected for taking pictures during the band’s set in violation of A Perfect Circle's super-strict "no photos" policy.
Farrar revealed the number of ejections on Instagram when he commented on one fan claiming that he successfully snapped a few photos. Farrar remarked, “Your [sic] good. We tossed over 60 people last night for taking pics." He later added, "This was 110 percent the band's policy and has been for Tool, APC, and Puscifer . . . it’s not a new policy.”
- The policy seems to have originated with singer Maynard James Keenan, who fronts all three bands and usually performs either in disguise or in a shadowy area at the rear of the stage.
- MetalSucks reported that every show on A Perfect Circle’s current North American arena tour has enforced a strict “no photos and videos” policy, with ejection from the venue threatened as punishment.
- A show last week in Brooklyn featured printed warning signs posted around the venue, a security guard outside shouting the policy into a megaphone and a video message from the band displayed on all the venue’s video screens.
- The policy, while not new, still comes at a time when a number of artists, including members of Disturbed, Slipknot and Red Hot Chili Peppers, have spoken out against fans recording shows with their smartphones.
- Keenan had said in the past that he's not fond of musicians being treated like celebrities: "There's this kind of idol situation that's been set up. I think it's out of proportion with what's real. It's hyped up by damaged musicians who need some kind of acknowledgement and need to fill that empty hole for attention, for recognition. I would like to see it get to the point where it's just people enjoying music for music's sake."
- A Perfect Circle continues its fall tour on Tuesday night (November 7th) in Camden, New Jersey. The band has been playing several new tracks on the road and recently issued a single called "The Doomed." A new studio album is expected out in early 2018.