Jack White doesn't want you using your phone at his upcoming concerts in Dallas on April 27 and 29, and he's prepared to enforce a 100-percent tech-free experience. No photo, video or audio recording devices will be allowed during his performances, according to a statement on Dallas music venue the Bomb Factory's website.
You won't have to surrender your phone when you arrive at the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum to see the former White Stripes front man, but you will be required to place it in a Yondr-brand pouch that will render it useless. At the end of the show, your phone will be unlocked.
If you have to make a phone call or text during the show, concertgoers can have it unlocked in a designated zone. Bomb Factory Creative Director Gavin Mulloy says he doesn't think locking up phones is too much of a chore; it'll be done while people are standing in line.
"I think it's awesome. People will remember these shows. I wish more acts would do it," says the Bomb Factory's creative director.
And if you're one of those "Instagram or it didn't happen" types, a tour photographer will be posting photos and videos after the show at jackwhiteiii.com, as well as on the new Jack White Live Instagram account, @officialjackwhitelive.
Comedian Chris Rock did the same thing last year at Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Other artists including Alicia Keys, Cage the Elephant and The Lumineers have also required fans to lock up their phones.
White has been complaining about people using cell phones at his concerts for years. Back in 2014, he discussed his stance on Conan. That same year, he claimed he still didn't have a cell phone.
The no-phone buzz around White's concert is building just in time: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.