Rocker Peter Frampton lost his cool at a concert in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday when an unruly fan ignored his repeated requests not to film his performance on a cellphone.
The “Show Me the Way” hitmaker turned his back in disgust at one point but when the front row fan kept taking shots and video of the guitarist, Frampton turned and asked for the fan’s phone.
Online reports on social media differ with some suggesting the rocker hurled the phone into the rafters of the concert venue, while others claim he simply tossed the device backstage and continued with his set.
Onstage Magazine’s Larry Philpot, who was at the show, writes, “You could see the absolute look of desperation and frustration on Peter’s face. I have never seen an artist so upset before… and the guy in the front row (was) unrelenting – apparently with no self control, considering he’s already flipped Peter off and turned around and called the rest of the audience a bunch of deadbeats.”
Philpot adds, “Peter ends the song, walks over and with a huge smile on his face bends down and says, ‘Hey, can I see that? Can I see the photos you’ve been taking?’ The guy hands him his phone and Peter stands up, spins, and flings for the rafters! Yes! The phone went flying to the back of the stage and we all erupted in cheers! With years of experience playing guitar, we just knew he had a great arm!”
Frampton discussed the situation on his Facebook page, urging fans “still scratching your heads as to why I would relieve someone, in the front row, of their phone/camera” to read an accurate review about the incident.
He added, “Many thanks to the eyewitnesses who came forward to explain how annoying, ‘Team Distraction’ actually were. And not just to me but everyone arm round them.”