Ruggedly handsome and typically laid back Kip Moore seems like one of the most chill guys in country music. So when the “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” singer confiscated a young lady’s cell phone after he spotted her texting during his show, a few fans were stunned by what they deemed as aggressive behavior.
Online blogs and news sites lit up with news that Kip had grabbed the fan’s phone and called the recipient of her texts saying he was trying to do a show. Using somewhat terse language, Kip also told her she would just have to wait. If you pay close attention, though, Kip has a teasing tone in his voice and is smiling as he hands the phone back.
Still, some were taking issue with the singer’s actions, so he took to Twitter to explain what had happened. And fans even started chiming in.
While the Kipper diffused the situation with humor, the use of cell phones at concerts has become a hot button topic.
Rare Country’s Senior Correspondent Hunter Kelly spoke to Nashville’s WKRN about the trend saying, “A lot of artists who are older, it’s distracting for them a little bit to be playing to a bunch of cell phones. The younger artists that are coming, they’ve never known what it’s like not to perform to a sea full of cameras.”
Artists in other genres, like Guns N’ Roses, Alicia Keys and She & Him, have gone as far as to have cell phones banned at their shows, asking fans to enjoy the show live and in 3D instead of through the lens of their phone’s cameras. And there is also word that Apple is working on a device to lock phones during concerts.