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Jack White, wanting his concerts to be a “100% human experience,” bans cell phones

"We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON"

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    Featured photo by ​David Brendan Hall

    Those planning to catch Jack White on his massive upcoming tour won’t get to brag about it to their friends on social media. At least, not until after the show. The rocker has issued a statement through venues proclaiming that cell phones will be banned at all of his upcoming US shows.

    “No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed,” the statement bluntly reads. “We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”

    You’ll still be able to bring your devices with you, of course, but they’ll have to be locked away in Yondr pouches while you’re in the venue. “You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show,” continues the official message, “and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.” So you can still check in with your babysitter or send off that completely brilliant tweet before you forget it.

    (Read: The 30 Most Anticipated Tours of 2018)

    For those who feel their life would be incomplete without an Instagram photo from a Jack White concert, you’ll be able to access images and videos from the official tour photographer at jackwhiteiii.com and the newly launched @officialjackwhitelive Instagram account. On the other hand, you could always go see him during one of his many festival appearances (Governors Ball, Boston Calling, Shaky Knees), as they can’t rightly bag 40,000 cell phones at once.

    White has actually long been known to be a proponent of phone-free concerts. He’s often asked fans to keep phones in their pockets, now he’s just upped it to a requirement. Below, watch him discuss his preference for screen-less experiences on Conan way back in 2014.

    White’s new album, Boarding House Reach, is out March 23rd. Regardless of the concert policy, it’s still one of our most anticipated records of the year.

    Check out White’s 40-date tour schedule below, and grab tickets here.

    Jack White 2018 Tour Dates:
    04/19 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
    04/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
    04/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
    04/23 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
    04/24 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
    04/25 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
    04/27 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
    04/29 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
    04/30 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    05/01 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    05/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    05/04-05 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
    05/06 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
    05/26 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
    05/27 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
    05/29 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
    06/01-03 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
    06/04 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
    06/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica
    06/07 – Rochester, NY @ Dome Arena
    06/08 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Mainstage Theater
    06/09 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
    06/27 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
    06/28 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
    07/02 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
    07/03 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
    07/04 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
    07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    07/13 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
    07/14 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
    07/15 – Joensuu, FI @ Ilosaarirock Festival
    08/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
    08/08 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
    08/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ SaltAir
    08/11 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
    08/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
    08/13 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
    08/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    08/19 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    08/21 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
    08/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
    08/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan

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