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January 2, 2013

Please post about your VIP experiences!

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  1. Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 19, 2012

    Mike, glad you didn't waste your money like we did.

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    VIP upgrades and Meet and Greet.. Save your money..

    October 19, 2012

    I bought the VIP upgrade for the Durham, NC October 10th show. It was a big screw up from day 1. GroundCtrl, the company the sells and handles these events, is the most incompetent company I've dealt with in a long time.

    The Meet and Greet was a joke. When I meet and greet someone I shake hands and say "hi, how ya doing?"

    The band members stood shoulder to shoulder, so you had to stand behind them or try to wiggle your way in between them, no handshakes, not a word from any of them. The second you stepped up to the band, the photographer was "1, 2, 3, flash, next ! Just like cattle.

    I have still not received my lithograph which I was told would be shipped October 8th.. today is October 19th.

    To Dusty, Frank and Billy, if you see this please remember you've stood the test of time and become rock icons for 2 reasons; because you're good and because WE, the fans, have bought your records and CD's and requested your songs on the radio all these years.

    Thx,

    Dave

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    Re: VIP upgrades and Meet and Greet.. Save your money..

    October 19, 2012

    Update: This is what customer service wrote when I inquired about my lithograph:

    Thank you for contacting ground(ctrl) support. The lithos are on tour with the band right now and they are signing a batch of posters every night. Once the tour is over, those posters will be sent to our warehouse and we will mail them out to all fans who have yet to receive their poster. Please let us know if you have moved or need an address change in the near future.

    Have a great day!

    Sincerely,
    ground(ctrl) Support


    Now that right there is some real BS !

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    Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 19, 2012

    Here's what they told me in reply to an e mail today:

    Thank you for contacting ground(ctrl) support. The lithos are on tour with the band right now and they are signing a batch of posters every night. Once the tour is over, those posters will be sent to our warehouse and we will mail them out to all fans who have yet to receive their poster. Please let us know if you have moved or need an address change in the near future.

    Have a great day!

    Sincerely,
    ground(ctrl) Support


    Now that's some BS.

    Dave

  5. Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 19, 2012

    Yes, it's BS. They just need to fire up the autopen and forge a fresh batch. I'm fighting with citibank now about it.

  6. Re: VIP upgrades and Meet and Greet.. Save your money..

    October 19, 2012

    The signatures will be fake anyway.

  7. Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 19, 2012
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    Re: VIP Headaches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2012

    I just filed my complaint with the BBB. I want a 50% refund. My next step is to contact the State Attorney General.

    What ground(ctrl) is doing isn't just bad business practices, it's fraud which is a crime.

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    Re: Durham NC VIP Experience

    October 20, 2012

    I just filed my complaint with the BBB. I want a 50% refund. My next step is to contact the State Attorney General.

    What ground(ctrl) is doing isn't just bad business practices, it's fraud which is a crime.

  10. Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 20, 2012

    I met Frank and Dusty on a flight a couple years ago and they signed my ticket for me. When I get my litho, I'm going to compare the signatures. I'm going to the show tonight, so am now prepared for what to expect / not to expect during the meet & greet. Wish I would have seen this thread before buying the package. Oh well.

    I think they used the same auto-pen on the latest La Futura album release. I don't know if you did the pre-order with "signed" picture, t-shirt and CD, but the first thing I thought was that the silver sharpie signatures looked fake. The other thing was that the signatures were done over the wrong images. Dusty was signed over the silhouette of Billy, Billy signed over Frank and Frank signed over Dusty. It was a complete joke, but at least it was cheap and good value for the CD and t-shirt purchase.

    I'm hoping the litho signatures I do get a legit, but I'm not holding my breath on this.

  11. Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 20, 2012

    One other thing to add to the discussion . . . the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines meet and greet as: "a reception at which a public figure (as a politician or rock star) socializes with press members and other guests". From what I have read in this and other forums, the band is not socializing with guests, so Ground Control may very well be in breach of contract. I'll let you know how my experience goes tonight.

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    Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 21, 2012

    Very interested to hear how your "meet and greet" went ML.

    Thanks,

    dave

  13. Re: Autographed Posters Don't Look Legit!!

    October 22, 2012

    It must not have gone well, as we are yet to have a report. Was he kidnapped?

  14. VIP PICTURES

    October 25, 2012

    with all the negative reviews and possibility of never receiving a picture that i paid $250 for i was wondering if we are allowed to bring our own cameras? i would feel a lot better if maybe i could ask the person in line behind me to also take a picture while the so called inept woman who supposedly takes them does the same. any chance of this? the show i'm going to is this sunday oct. 28th and after reading these posts i'm worried. thanks, john

  15. Re: VIP PICTURES

    October 25, 2012

    Just look at the camera and smile; You WILL get your picture!

  16. Re: VIP PICTURES

    October 26, 2012

    and you WILL get fake signatures on you lithograph too. enjoy !

  17. Re: Durham NC VIP Experience

    October 29, 2012

    Update. As of October 29, no poster. Took about 4 days for them to post the pictures that they said would be up the next day. Once again, the band was great and it seems the problems are with this vip company.

  18. Re: VIP PICTURES

    October 29, 2012

    Definitely fake signatures...and a 2 month wait to get them. Take a look at the other posts under the VIP section. I've posted all of the details and pictures you can refer to and see the clear difference in writing.

  19. tyler texas VIP package oct 28th, 2012

    October 30, 2012

    well i got my VIP package. here is what i would like to share with others buying one.
    1. tickets were not on time. everyone with the VIP package had to wait a little over an hour what the email the sent us said it would be. while regular tickets and other will call tickets were handed out in a timely and immediate fashion we stood around waiting.
    2. there was no early entrance, crowd free shopping
    3. my $250.00 got me a seat to the side of the stage in the 23 row!!! WTF!!!
    4. the meet and greet was what i expected. these guys are on tour and tired and busy and need to get to the next town. i've been on MANY international tours with bands myself. i know how it is so i wasn't too worried about not getting to interact with the band. i feel weird cozying up to strangers anyway. but i did want my photo which is the main reason i bought the whole package. well i just downloaded it and its out of focus. no second chances for this. they rush you through and don't check to see if its in focus or not. the one thing i wanted out of this whole package was botched by someone who can't take a photo.
    5. i really didnt care about the lithograph with the automated signatures. so i don't really have anything to say about that when and if it arrives. i'm not an autograph hound and i'll probably give it to my uncle.
    to sum it up i would say dont waste the money and if you do take your own camera and have someone shoot you with the band at the same time. they said not to do this but i really wish i would have.

  20. RE: tyler texas VIP package oct 28th, 2012

    November 4, 2012

    so yet another person got ripped off and didn't get what they paid.