We are in the 21st century

Last night at the Dave Matthews concert at The Joe (awesome set list, by the way), I experienced something I have never seen before: fans using cell phones instead of lighters to call the band back out on stage for an encore.

Has this been going on for a long time? I attend several concerts each year, but have never seen this before.

Personally, I think it’s a good idea. It was just kind of bizarre to witness it for the first time. With the drop in smokers over the last few decades, I don’t even know if people carry lighters anymore. And, with the cell phone phenomenon that started several years ago, I would say that being without a cell phone puts you in the minority (Dad, that means you).

6 Comments so far

  1. Scott (unregistered) on December 4th, 2005 @ 4:12 pm

    Interesting phenomenon…I have never seen this myself. Kind of strange, but I guess a lot depends on the genre of music and the crowd that it attracts.

  2. mark (unregistered) on December 4th, 2005 @ 5:21 pm

    I have never seen anything like that before, and I go to a concert at least once a month. At least cell phones are a lot safer than an open flame so I can’t blame them. In general, Dave Matthews Band fans are more “trendy” than the average music lover, so its no real surprise.

  3. Ray (unregistered) on December 4th, 2005 @ 9:26 pm

    It was SO weird…I noticed it too. By the way…I have some pics up from the concert:


  4. Ray (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 10:39 am

    Girl-in-the-D, I was 6th row, Section 120. How about you? Were you sitting down the row from us?

  5. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 4:26 pm


    Yes, I was in 6th row section 120, as well. We were in seats 1 and 2, so I am sure my fiance and I stepped over you at least twice during the night, as the only way for us to get out of the row was to go back toward the center aisle. What a small world! Next time Dave comes to town, we’ll have to discuss seating beforehand : )

  6. Ray (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 4:42 pm

    That is very funny…my girlfriend and I were in seats 5 and 6…we had two young kids in 3 and 4…so that was you and your fiancee at the end of the row, eh? :)

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