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

on January 24, 2018, 10:29am

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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