Here’s and interesting article I got from the NIN twitter feed.
I’ve been to NIN and Gwen Stefani concerts with the everything goes camera policies and to a Bjork concert where I was trampled by a large security guard on her way to kick a fan out of the concert for having a camera phone out of his pocket. When the camera policy is loose, the audience is more engaged and, in general, having more fun as they make memories and share their experience with the world in real time. With respect to the Bjork concert, I really didn’t appreciate being trampled and I would have liked to, at least, have taken a picture of myself and my husband at the event to mark the occasion.
To be honest, whenever I see an artist demand a no camera policy, my gut tells me it’s because the artist knows the show isn’t that good and doesn’t want footage leaked that will discourage potential customers. Any reasonable person knows, regardless of the image and sound quality, NOTHING beats the experience of actually being at the concert. I applaud those artists that understand their audience and understand cameras are for admiration, adoration, and commemoration and not piracy. Not only that, with some clever marketing, fan generated media can be made into some nice personalized merchandise for the artist to sell back to the fan. Example: HP and Gwen Stefani collaborated with fans to make personalized concert books. It was a win-win-win solution!