Chris Bundas –
Peter Frampton recently lost his cool while playing a show in Carmel, Indiana when a fan repeatedly ignored Frampton’s requests to not film his performance on a cellphone.
At one point, the rocker turned his back in disgust as the fan kept taking shots of the star. Frampton then turned back and asked for the fan’s phone. Social media reports differ with some people suggesting Frampton launched the phone into the rafters of the venue, while others claim he tossed the device backstage and continued on with the set.
Larry Philpot, who was at the show and writes for Onstage Magazine’s says, “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 continues, “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 took to Facebook to discuss the situation further with 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. 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.”