CARMEL, Ind. - The actions of a couple of fans in the front row of '70s rock legend Peter Frampton's concert at the Palladium last weekend prompted an irate reaction from Frampton that led to what one concertgoer described as "thunderous applause."
Frampton performed at The Palladium in Carmel on Sunday, treating fans to many of his classic hits and some newer tunes.
Concerts these days are filled with fans pulling out their cellphones to take pictures and video of the event, despite warnings from venues and the artists' management that it isn't allowed.
For his tour, Frampton had loosened the restriction a bit to allow for still photos, as long as a flash isn't used and no videos are taken.
By several accounts, a couple in the front row overstepped those bounds, and it caught the attention of Frampton.
"There was one fellow in the front row who continued shooting video on his phone despite having been told by those on stage several times to cut it out," read an account from concertgoer Jeff Davis on his blog.
The distraction went on for quite some time, annoying others.
"The man and woman in the front row were taking constant pictures with their flashes on and talked loudly to each other the whole time," read a Facebook message from Beth Roberts. "They were drunk and rude the entire time. At one point, the guy flipped off Peter Frampton."
Frampton tried to get the attention of concert security, but he finally had enough. Concertgoer Melissa Schickel described what happened next.
"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?'" Schickel wrote in her review of the show. "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!"
Frampton acknowledged the incident on Facebook.
"Many thanks the eyewitnesses who came forward to explain how annoying 'Team Distraction' actually were," read a posting on Frampton's page.
The experience apparently didn't sour Frampton on returning to The Palladium.
"Love the theatre and the sound was great. We'll be back," he posted.