Bob Dylan Calls Out Fans for Breaking His “No Photo” Rule

By Kehl Bayern / April 19, 2019

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More and more musicians are adding “no photography” rules to their concerts.

But a lot of fans simply ignore that request – for a variety of reasons.

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Some people think they should be allowed to take pictures of the concert since they purchased a ticket while others aren’t even aware of the “no photography” rule.

There are, of course, a few photographers that might try to make money off of the images but those are few in number.

Nonetheless, famous musician Bob Dylan didn’t hesitate to call out his fans during a live concert because they were taking pictures of him.

After he reminded the audience to put their cameras away he nearly tripped and fell over a wire behind him.

He then said, “Take pictures or don’t take pictures. We can either play or we can pose. Okay?”





The band then paused and “posed” for pictures according to PetaPixel.

Apparently Bob Dylan doesn’t speak much during his shows which is what makes the comments so unique.

Rolling Stone wrote of the incident, “The incident marked the first time that Dylan had spoken to the crowd in some time…Audiences used to only hear his speaking voice when he introduced the band, but he stopped doing even that about two years ago. Before most shows, audiences are informed that photographs are not allowed. At New York’s Beacon Theater last year, ushers roamed the aisles with flashlights and shined them directly at anyone using a phone. Repeat offenders were threatened with ejection.”

Composer Hermann Rechberger who took the video of Bob Dylan nearly falling backward said, “I have never seen him so angry.”

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