1. We are caretakers of guitars and other musical instruments. Fine instruments are meant for what they are made for... to make music. Who started signing instruments and why do people feel a need to have guitars signed? This practice seems strange to me. I have plenty of BFG autographs. None are on guitars.
2. I was lucky to become a Lifetime member of the ZZ Top International Fan Club in 1983. Since that time, I have received everything that was promised. This including two free tickets to a show, of my selection, for every year that there was a ZZ Top tour. Meet and greets were also received, when possible. I am very grateful that the contract was honored, in full.
3. Remember, it is show BUSINESS. There are many entities involved. The band itself is only a part of it. There are surrounding forces involved that may impede what the purchaser of the newer 'packages' that are offered finally receives.
4. In the many shows that I have attended I have got to meet the band, Pablo (the tour manager), Elwood Francis and other tour staff. I have never been disappointed with any person that I have met and had the privilege to meet and talk with. I have great respect for the entire ZZ Top staff and management. I have many great memories and have experienced great excitement when attending ZZ Top shows.
5. It is not easy to orchestrate a summer long tour that lasts many months. Logistics and conditions are ever changing. Remember this is rock and roll. It is not similar to buying a number 2 value meal at McDonalds. Often the band and tour are under great pressure to move out and get to the next gig. The demands on the band members are intense during a tour. Everyone wants a piece of them.
I am planning to attend a ZZ Top show at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI next weekend. One thing that I always keep in mind… be cool and lose, do not push it and create great expectations within myself. The band and tour staff will give what they can under the circumstances. I believe that it is my attitude that allows me to enjoy what I experience.
Light and Love, ZZombie.