Meet and Greet Disaster

Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM By: sohcammer

My wife and I spent the big $$$ for the Meet and Greet in Boise, Idaho. It felt like a shake down by Pablo and his crew. Give us your money, no autographs, no handshakes, don't talk, you have 3 seconds to stand behind the band members while we snap a photo and rush you out the back door. I was disgusted by the whole experience after enjoying a wonderful show in the front row then to be treated like that. On top of that, we witnessed one of the newbie crew members kick John Bolin out of the clubhouse along with his wife and family because they didn't have "Diamond" passes - what a crock. I felt bad for John after making all of Billy's guitars for almost 30 years to be treated like that. I'm sure if Billy had witnessed that, a few crew members would be looking for work. Billy, Dusty and Frank need to know that this is how THEIR BIGGEST fans are feeling after the meet and greet. Pablo spent 5 minutes blowing his own horn about how long he had been their tour manager and how his policies, even though the band doesn't like them, are being supported. Save your money for good tickets and don't waste your time on Pablo and the meet and greet until Billy and the boys come out and make a statement about how they are going to do things different. At this point I would label it as a classless money grab. I don't even want the photo, because it doesn't mean anything to me after how we were treated. What means something to me, being a ZZTop fan since I was 12, is having the opportunity to look them in the eye, shake their hand and thank them for the inspiration they have provided to my own playing and the countless hours of enjoyment their music has provided to my soul.

There were maybe 20 couples who were part of the group that paid alot of money to meet the band. So you give each couple 30 seconds of your "precious" time. Maybe 15-20 minutes for the whole group, personally sign 1 thing for each person who paid you very handsomely, smile for the camera and have a nice day - everybody happy. I drove 4 hours each direction, paid for a hotel, paid for 48 hours of babysitting and closed my motor shop for 2 days because I was going to meet the band. Buyer Beware.

  1. SherriD avatar

    Bought the diamond package for ZZ Topp's show at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield, Ca. VERY disappointed...not allowed to: shake hands or talk to the band and ABSOLUTELY no asking the band to autograph ANYTHING!! It was NOT a meet and greet, but a photo op only!!! So, if anyone else buys the diamond package do not expect anything other than a very quick photo with the band and a quick out the door ya go! BUYER BEWARE is right!!! They didn't even take our names down when they took our picture, so I have no idea how they're going to know where to mail our picture to!!!

  2. Maria avatar

    We went to the Bend, Oregon concert and felt the same way. My boyfriend, Rory, has been a huge fan forever and I was surprising him with an early Christmas present with this Meet & Greet. He didn't even know until five minutes before the Meet & Greet that he was going to get to go to it. We enjoyed the show tremendously, and were very excited for the Meet & Greet until we got into the room and were given the "Don't touch them or talk to them" speech. This should have been advertised at the point of sale of the tickets. I am sure that it would have changed alot of people's minds about buying the "Diamond" package.
    There should not be a Meet & Greet if you are going to treat your supporters like that. We will be back for other shows (this was his seventh ZZ Top concert), but we will not be doing another Meet & Greet unless things change.
    I also am curious if the band even knows that we are being treated like this or are being given this spiel.
    Another problem that I had was that when fans each purchased their ticket, they should have been entitled to the same amount of poses/pictures. We had two in our group so we should have been entitled to two pics. And...I used to work for a photographer who did Meet & Greets....hello! It is the digital world...you take more than one pic no matter if you (the photographer) think that it looks great or not. I noticed that in many of the shots from our group, people had strange looks and in a few Frank had his mouth open in an awkward way. Do you really think that Frank would be happy knowing that his pics didn't look good?
    I will put this Meet & Greet behind me and go back to enjoying their music!
    Maria McQuaw

  3. budman avatar

    If Billy, Dusty and Frank are aware of this, and they have to be, then shame on them. The true fans made them what they are and to be treated in this manner is a HUGE turnoff! It's all about respect and when you don't give it, you won't recieve it in return. To borrow a quote from The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again!! People who are about to waste their hard earned money have to be made aware of what to expect! Buyer Beware!!!!

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