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Chris Rock is returning to Australia after nine long years, but don’t bring your phone

Try not to freak out you guys, but Chris motherflippin’ Rock is coming back to Australian shores.

The comedy legend/icon/mogul hasn’t had a show in this country for nine years, so you can understand everyone’s crazed excitement that he’s returning to our funny little island.


Now before we go on, let’s just take a second and quickly watch some A+ Chris Rock material – because it’s a Thursday and we deserve it.

The ‘Total Blackout’ tour is his first show in Australia since ‘No Apologies’ way back in 2008, but this time there’s one big change that’s catching everyone’s eye:

Your phone will be disabled at the entrance.

(Hence…’Total Blackout’)

How does it work?

Your phone gets put in these little pouches made by a company called Yondr.

They remain locked throughout the entire show and only unlock when you pass through the sensor at the door.

And if you’ve got a smart watch (you probably don’t), they’ll also have to be popped in the Yondr pouch as well.

Aussies are used to the “no recording” rules during shows, but this is taking it to a whole new level.

But why?

Well, part of it is obviously $$$.

They’ve struck a huge $40 million dollar contract with Netflix for these specials and they understandably don’t want people recording the best bits and uploading them to YouTube.

But there’s another pretty important factor at play here and that’s preserving the audience experience as well.

The Yondr website says:

“Smartphones have fundamentally changed how we live. How to integrate them into our lives as a useful tool, rather than a compulsive habit, is a question that needs an answer.

We think smartphones have incredible utility, but not in every setting. In some situations, they have become a distraction and a crutch—cutting people off from each other and their immediate surroundings.

Yondr has a simple purpose: to show people how powerful a moment can be when we aren’t focused on documenting or broadcasting it.”

I, for one, am sick to death of gronks at concerts filming the entire thing on their phones – it takes you away from the moment and you end up just looking at a sea of rectangular lights instead of focussing on the act.

It’s nice to be able to capture your own memories, but to be honest I think we all probably have more than enough photos of ourselves anyway.

Tickets for ‘Total Blackout’ go on sale 12pm, Friday March 24 via Ticketek.


Friday June 23rd – Perth Arena, Perth WA
Saturday June 24th – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane QLD
Monday June 26th – Hisense Arena, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday June 28th – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney NSW

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