Strict phone policy at Chris Rock’s Fox shows

Phones will be placed inside special pouches that won’t be able to be unlocked during show; everyone will live

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

You may be going to see Chris Rock at the Fox Theatre this weekend, but you won’t be taking any pics or video of the comedian to post to your Instagram.

Rock is enacting a strict cell phone policy at his three shows at the Fox, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All phones and smart watches will be placed in specialized pouches that cannot be unlocked at the show, except for inside designated spots in the Fox lobby. Anyone caught using a phone inside the venue will be immediately ejected, no questions asked.

The pouches are provided by a company called Yondr, which has also worked with artists including Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K. and Guns N’ Roses, among others, who are looking to keep footage from their performances from being recorded and posted online. Phones still operate inside the cases — if you get a text, you can feel it vibrate — but cannot be used outside of the designated areas.

Rock performs at 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Friday and Saturday shows are sold out.

Because of the additional time needed to handle the cell phone situation, fans are being asked to arrive early for the performances. (Doors open a hour ahead of the start time each night.) The Detroit Tigers play a home game on Friday night, which will add to congestion and parking woes in the area.

There is one easy workaround to the cell phone issue: You can always leave it in your car. Instagram will still be there when you get back.

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