Completely Arbitrary

Barenaked Ladies

I was out at the Allstate Arena last night for the Mike Doughty Band / Barenaked Ladies show. Great show. I’m really impressed that BNL have managed to combine the best of Big Spectacle Arena Rock with Band That Knows And Cares About Their Fans (they sang a happy birthday song to an 8-year-old).

But… on the way into the venue I was stopped by a police officer who asked to see into my bag. Inside was my Sony F-717, a mid-sized digital camera. “You can take it back out to your car or check it in with us.””But, it’s just a camera.” “Yep.” Steely cop stare.

I wussed out on arguing with the guy that there wasn’t anything posted about still cameras (I looked) and took it back out to the car. And came back in with a Sony W-100, a much smaller camera, in my coat pocket. Much like, as far as I could tell inside, hundreds of other people with cameras.

So what’s the problem with my other camera? Both Mike Doughty and BNL are fine with fans taking pictures (I know Mike Doughty is, because he used mine on his blog). In fact, both bands are OK with non-commercial taping. Was the cop afraid I’d use such a big camera as a bludgeon? Or was he just exercising completely arbitrary power for it’s own sake?

(And yes, I might have answers to these questions if I hadn’t wussed out — but what’s a blog for if not day-after blustering?)

4 Comments so far

  1. Katie (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

    Most of the time, a band can be perfectly fine with flash photography but the venue will not permit it.


  2. Fuzzy (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 8:28 pm

    And you know what, the venue staff and security inside the arena stood inches away from people taking hundreds of pictures and didn’t lift an eyebrow.


  3. Bill V (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 9:33 am

    Didn’t know the Ladies were still around. A lot of folks like Douhty, he just never really grabbed me. Seems cameras are just about everywhere, which in fact means there are way too many folks taking pictures. It really gets in the way at a lot of shows. I mean really, 100 or 200 photos? Grab a beer dude, and enjoy the show. You’ll never look at those photos again after a week goes by.


  4. nikkos (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    I think you sholuld have pushed the incident all the way to a tasering. Then you could have retired on the proceeds from your lawsuit.



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