Looks like Chris Rock is going to find Sugar Land twice as nice. The comedian has added a second Houston-area show to his Total Blackout Tour. His previously announced stop at the Smart Financial Centre on May 13 has sold out, so Live Nation Entertainment has added a second show on May 12.
The award-winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer's highly anticipated return to live comedy also includes a previously announced show in Austin on May 14.
The tour, which kicked off on Valentine's Day in Durham, North Carolina, has received stellar reviews, along with some grumbles about the cell phone policy.
The Albany Times-Union reported that at a recent show in the New York capital, all cell phones were "secured in lockable fabric pouches made by a company called Yondr. Fans keep their phones but aren't able to use them inside the venue; this greatly improves the concert experience, with no distracting screen glare or patrolling security during the performance, and prevents posting of clips on YouTube or social media, though it does cause minor delays and other hassles before and following a show."
The newspaper reported that fans had to stand in line to have their phones locked, delaying the show more than 20 minutes. And they had to stand in line after the show ended to get their phones unlocked. The Albany venue seats only 2,800, less than half the capacity of the Smart Financial Centre.
Rock implemented the policy because he wants to keep his material fresh for two upcoming Netflix performances, The streaming service is paying him $40 million for two comedy specials.