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John Mayer: Fans are too busy on their phones to enjoy concert experience


John Mayer searches for his performances online hours after he has left the stage because fans are so busy capturing the show on their cellphones he has no way of knowing if they're really enjoying themselves.

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The singer says American concertgoers have become hooked on the race to get footage online, and it's spoiling their enjoyment at concerts. Mayer explained to Jimmy Kimmel, "People aren't going crazy and I think to myself, 'I'm not playing a very good show,' and then I look out [into the audience], and they are going crazy, but not for me ... they're applauding into the phone."

"So what I do now is I finish the show, and I search myself on Instagram to see how people would have cheered had they not had a phone in their hand," he said. Mayer insists he doesn't have the same problems when performing in other countries. He said, "We just came back from South America and it was, like, 35,000 people going crazy."

Oct 9, 2013 12:05PM
I have to agree.  I went to a Bon Jovi concert last night.  The concert was great, BUT...I could not believe all the people on their phones.  They were wither taking pictures of themselves or texting or something.  One girl even asked me to take a picture of her and her friends! Are you kidding me...I'm busy watching the concert!  I guess I'm just old school.  I even left my camera at home.  Great concert though..he still ROCKS!
Oct 7, 2013 3:19PM
Oct 7, 2013 2:58PM
If there is one thing I would agree on with him is that "young people" are WAY to caught up in the "hey look at me, look at me, see what I am doing now" time in life? I laugh when you see a group of young people walking and darn near everyone of them are looking down at their phones. They really haven't got a clue what's going on around them in today's world, well except on facebook?
Oct 7, 2013 2:40PM
It's a long way from when I used to regular the concert venues in Hartford, New Haven, Boston, New York and The Meadowlands. No phones, no cameras, no tech of any kind. All I worried about was missing the doobie when it made its way down the line. I watched the show, I cheered Metallica, Ratt, Dio, The Police, Pink Floyd and a ton of other classics. I can't imagine being at a show holding up my phone to watch a show that I'm at, LIVE! Who cares about the video online? Well, a lot of people apparently. Different times. Different strokes for different folks. It's a whole new world out there. I still don't use my phone at a show. I don't care if I'm at Ozzfest or if I'm seeing the Marshall Tucker Band at a county fair, no camera phone. Enjoy the show. Oh, by the way, some of you need to keep going after the video, I count on you to catch new videos from shows I can never go to, LOL, Thank you.
Oct 7, 2013 2:38PM
His show was great! I just saw him last week in Albuquerque and I let my phone die on purpose before the show so I wouldn't be tempted. And guess what? I saw a fantastic show! It's not about his ego, like some people are saying. It's about paying for a ticket and enjoying the show. Which I did.
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