When I was young, I used to do house video for Robert Warren Mobile Television Production at what is now Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre. It was a great gig — I got to see every show I wanted to all summer, I picked up some extra cash, and I had some cool experiences like being onstage with Aerosmith.
The night that Neil Young was playing, his tour manager pulled us aside before the show and told us:
You have to put the cameras where Neil can’t see them. If he sees a camera while he’s playing, he’ll fly into a rage.
Was this true? Was the tour manager pulling our leg? I have no idea but I know that we pulled all of our cameras back and Neil Young fans got house video that wasn’t nearly as good as we usually provided.
I think of this from time to time. If I haven’t talked to a band beforehand, I don’t like to show up with cameras unless it’s an event that you’d expect to see photographers at anyway. Most artists might not care but I’d rather not distract the one who does.