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Ramone will swat your phone

Marky Ramone has offered his own solution to the controversial issue of phones being used at concerts.

The drummer says his Smartphone Swatter deals with the “assholes” who ruin the show for others in a spoof public service video.

Ramone explains: “I’m sick and tired of people holding up their smartphones at concerts. I make a swatter by gluing a punk rock seven-inch to a drumstick. Want to smash a smartphone? Use a Ramones record on a stick.”

He also suggested buying a copy of his autobiography to use as a weapon.

Artists from across the rock and metal world have weighed in on the question of using phones at concerts. Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson called one fan a “wanker” in 2012 after he was seen “texting for the last three songs.”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor warned he’d throw water over any phone he saw, adding: “It’s a live show – pay attention or don’t be there.”

Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate, guitar icon Peter Frampton and Every Time I Die guitarist Jordan Buckley are among those who’ve removed phones from fans hands while they performed.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.