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. lamanjf avatar

    I feel everyone’s Pain, the “meet & greet my wife & I attended wasn’t anything to write home about, and I’ve been waiting over 3 months for our merchandise “signed lithograph’s” through a little on-line research, I found that groundcontrol.com is somehow in bed with Live Nation which didn’t surprise me after I thought about it…. So, through a little more on line research, I tracked down, and sent an e-mail in good faith to a few folks at the top of the food chain at Live Nation, and the agency that Manages ZZ-Top. I was very polite, but firm as to why the fans were mis-led, and why it takes over 3 months to get this merchandise sent out….. NO RESPONSE what so ever…… I would suggest if you have problems, and you can’t get an intelligent response from groundcontrol.com flood these people with e-mails.Their names are; Nathan Hubbard & Irving Azoff the management company is Sanctuary Management in Los Angeles, they have a website, flood these people too the e-mail addresses are; 'nathanhubbard@livenation.com'; irvingazoff@livenation.com. I would wager the band has no idea how poorly this company or these people represents them, and how their name as well as other acts they represent are dragged through the mud for their own financial gain.

    Good Luck!!

  2. lamanjf avatar

    I feel everyoneâ??s Pain, the â??meet & greet my wife & I attended wasnâ??t anything to write home about, and Iâ??ve been waiting over 3 months for our merchandise â??signed lithographâ??sâ?? through a little on-line research, I found that groundcontrol.com is somehow in bed with Live Nation which didnâ??t surprise me after I thought about itâ?¦. So, through a little more on line research, I tracked down, and sent an e-mail in good faith to a few folks at the top of the food chain at Live Nation, and the agency that Manages ZZ-Top. I was very polite, but firm as to why the fans were mis-led, and why it takes over 3 months to get this merchandise sent outâ?¦.. NO RESPONSE what so everâ?¦â?¦ I would suggest if you have problems, and you canâ??t get an intelligent response from groundcontrol.com flood these people with e-mails.Their names are; Nathan Hubbard & Irving Azoff the management company is Sanctuary Management in Los Angeles, they have a website, flood these people too the e-mail addresses are; 'nathanhubbard@livenation.com'; irvingazoff@livenation.com. I would wager the band has no idea how poorly this company or these people represents them, and how their name as well as other acts they represent are dragged through the mud for their own financial gain.

    Good Luck!!

  3. lamanjf avatar

    I feel everyone’s Pain, the “meet & greet my wife & I attended wasn’t anything to write home about, and I’ve been waiting over 3 months for our merchandise “signed lithograph’s” through a little on-line research, I found that groundcontrol.com is somehow in bed with Live Nation which didn’t surprise me after I thought about it…. So, through a little more on line research, I tracked down, and sent an e-mail in good faith to a few folks at the top of the food chain at Live Nation, and the agency that Manages ZZ-Top. I was very polite, but firm as to why the fans were mis-led, and why it takes over 3 months to get this merchandise sent out….. NO RESPONSE what so ever…… I would suggest if you have problems, and you can’t get an intelligent response from groundcontrol.com flood these people with e-mails.Their names are; Nathan Hubbard & Irving Azoff the management company is Sanctuary Management in Los Angeles, they have a website, flood these people too the e-mail addresses are; 'nathanhubbard@livenation.com'; irvingazoff@livenation.com. I would wager the band has no idea how poorly this company or these people represents them, and how their name as well as other acts they represent are dragged through the mud for their own financial gain.

    Good Luck!!

  4. lamanjf avatar

    I feel everyone’s Pain, the “meet & greet my wife & I attended wasn’t anything to write home about, and I’ve been waiting over 3 months for our merchandise “signed lithograph’s” through a little on-line research, I found that groundcontrol.com is somehow in bed with Live Nation which didn’t surprise me after I thought about it…. So, through a little more on line research, I tracked down, and sent an e-mail in good faith to a few folks at the top of the food chain at Live Nation, and the agency that Manages ZZ-Top. I was very polite, but firm as to why the fans were mis-led, and why it takes over 3 months to get this merchandise sent out….. NO RESPONSE what so ever…… I would suggest if you have problems, and you can’t get an intelligent response from groundcontrol.com flood these people with e-mails.Their names are; Nathan Hubbard & Irving Azoff the management company is Sanctuary Management in Los Angeles, they have a website, flood these people too the e-mail addresses are; 'nathanhubbard@livenation.com'; irvingazoff@livenation.com. I would wager the band has no idea how poorly this company or these people represents them, and how their name as well as other acts they represent are dragged through the mud for their own financial gain.

    Good Luck!!

  5. lamanjf avatar

    I feel everyone’s Pain, the “meet & greet my wife & I attended wasn’t anything to write home about, and I’ve been waiting over 3 months for our merchandise “signed lithograph’s” through a little on-line research, I found that groundcontrol.com is somehow in bed with Live Nation which didn’t surprise me after I thought about it…. So, through a little more on line research, I tracked down, and sent an e-mail in good faith to a few folks at the top of the food chain at Live Nation, and the agency that Manages ZZ-Top. I was very polite, but firm as to why the fans were mis-led, and why it takes over 3 months to get this merchandise sent out….. NO RESPONSE what so ever…… I would suggest if you have problems, and you can’t get an intelligent response from groundcontrol.com flood these people with e-mails.Their names are; Nathan Hubbard & Irving Azoff the management company is Sanctuary Management in Los Angeles, they have a website, flood these people too the e-mail addresses are; 'nathanhubbard@livenation.com'; irvingazoff@livenation.com. I would wager the band has no idea how poorly this company or these people represents them, and how their name as well as other acts they represent are dragged through the mud for their own financial gain.

    Good Luck!!

  6. lamanjf avatar

    keep the complaints coming!! flood them with e-mails

  7. beaver avatar

    The same happened to my husband and I. Our daughtor bought a dimond pass for her Dad for "fathers day" and a gold pass for me. ZZ top has been her Dads favorite band for 40 years. It cost her $375 to send us the consert and another $100 for a hotel room. We drove 4 hrs to get to Spokane from the cost. Don't get me wrong, the music is great still, but I think the band has lost sight of who has made them what they are today. I would hope that they would take note of the coments of they'er fan base, however, when I wrote to the band throught the e-mail given, my letter was sent back. We waited a month for the "meet and greet" pictures to be posted, and have NEVER gotten the lithagraph that was suposed to come in the mail to us. I am pretty sure that you have just lost a long time and faithful fan. Please take note of the displeasure , because we are the ones that helped you buy the new house and all the nice toys you have.

  8. billy rocker avatar

    SO THE FRACK WHAT I WROTE THE SONG OF THE CENTURY WHAT DID I GET???? O YEAH I STILL GOT THE SONG OF THE CENTURY MISS LIBERTY GOD BLESS BILLY DUSTY N FRANK THEY ARE ROCK STARS AFTERBURNER ALL
    DORKS WANNA DIS MY BOYS AINT COOL MAN BILLY ROCKER

  9. rjjr avatar

    I was at the Boise show too and totally agree. BTW, haven't received the email he said we would get or the autographed poster.

  10. zipper avatar

    This is the exact experience I had on the Rhythmeen tour in Ottawa Canada. I was hoping they were having a bad day. My buddy met them after the afterburner show and it was incredible. The guys were nice and did pictures etc.

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