Musicians have frequently opened up on how distracting it can be when fans in the audience refuse to put down their phones and enjoy the show, and Judas Priest's Rob Halford put this discourse into action when he took matters into his own hands (or rather feet) and kicked the spotlight-shining phone out of a concert attendee's hand at an Illinois performance at the Rosemont Theatre on May 25th.
Storming the stage in an all-black leather outfit to deliver a thunderous showing of the set's sixth track "Judas Rising," fan-filmed footage shows the singer honed in on one section of the stage while belting out the lines, before taking a short running start toward an audience member and deftly kicking the mobile device from the attendee's hand.
The phone and its shining light go soaring through the crowd, landing several rows back while Halford never waivers even a second. A second video (see below) shows the full incident as well as the rest of the perfectly executed song, after which neither Halford nor the band acknowledge the incident.
Judas Priest are in the middle of their current North American tour, hitting the deep South this week before heading back west and looping up through Canada. Catch them at one of the remaining dates found here, but don't be the asshole who leaves their phone light on while filming your favorite song.
Below, watch Rob Halford reveal the stories behind classic Judas Priest photos: from "bitch" poses in rural England and striking GQ looks in Rio to dealing with aggro Holiday Inn maids and the Priest tour that likely inspired Spinal Tap.