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Tool says, “watch and listen to the show, not your phone,” or risk being ejected

Tool at United Center
Tool in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

In case you wondered if Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan had relaxed his stance on attendees taking pictures and videos at shows since A Perfect Circle’s last tour, where dozens of people were ejected for taking cellphone pics, the answer is: doesn’t look like it! As Loudwire points out, ticketholders for Tool’s recent Cleveland, OH show received a pre-show email warning them against snapping pics for the ‘gram:

We respectfully request that you please watch and listen to the show, not your phone. You will be ejected from the show without the opportunity to return and without a refund if you violate this simple request and elect to take photos during the performance. In the event of a personal emergency, phone use may occur on the concourse away from the performance area.

A redditor said the warnings continued with signs “posted at every spot possible” at the venue, and printed on tickets.

Maynard has a sense of humor, though; according to Alternative Press editor-in-chief Jason Pettigrew, who was in attendance, Maynard told the Cleveland audience they were “up to par,” and gave the okay for security to stand down and let people check their email.

Tool’s current tour, supporting Fear Inoculum, continues through the end of the month, including dates at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Newark’s Prudential Center. See all dates below.

Tool: 2019 Tour
November 8 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
November 9 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
November 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
November 12 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden
November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
November 25 Washington, DC Capitol One Arena

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