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. Peter Cepelak avatar

    I wish I had read this as well. My buddy and I drove to Casino Rama after buying the Diamond passes what a joke. The show was great in the front row but very short an hour and half. Then the meet and greet we were jammed into a room and told by Pablo no autographs, or hand shakes. Then a bunch of high rollers from the casino got to come in for FREE and get there pictures taken first. Then we were rushed through its a photo and out you go.
    So $150 extra for a photo laminate and poster. Why give us a poster if your not going to sign it or sign it prior to giving it to us with a bag it might rain. There were a few people at end of line came out with signed photos I think they worked for the radio station very disappointing. Nov 9th 2013 Casino Rama BUYER BEWARE

  2. lguhl avatar

    I was about to get on here to post the exact same thing! What a disappointment and huge let down!!!

  3. Jaybone21 avatar

    I'm glad I read all these comments before buying the m&g package. That many people can't all be wrong.

  4. SkeeterHawk avatar

    I guess I should have read the blogs before purchasing the "VIP" package. Wife and I went to the show in Conhco, Ok in May. 2013. Expected alot more for my hard earned money. The show itself was great. Got the lanyards, poster and photo to rememeber the experince. The photo turned out very good. Recieved the poster right after the meet and greet.
    Well thinking that the meet and greet would be different the second time around I bought the "VIP" package for the Austin, Texas (Oct 9th 2013) show. NOT!!! Got the poster before the show and had to carry it around the whole time.The photo didn't turn out very good due to the fact that they must have fired the photograper that did the photos for the Concho meet and greet.

    Would I do or recoomend the "VIP package deal again - HELL NO!!!!
    I would rather spent the extra bucks on front row tickets.

    P.S. Why aren't there any dates on these blogs???

    Posted Oct. 16th 2013.

  5. Dave Decker avatar

    MY WIFE'S PHOTO WAS NOT POSTED!!! MY WIFE & I EACH GOT OUR PHOTOS TAKEN WITH THE BAND AT ARTPARK IN LEWISTON, NY ON 8-27-2013. YOU POSTED THE PHOTOS TODAY & MY PHOTO IS THERE BUT MY WIFE'S PHOTO WAS NOT POSTED, CAN YOU PLEASE CHECK & SEE IF YOU MISSED POSTING IT. IT'S JUST HER WITH THE BAND IN THE PHOTO & SHE'S WEARING A BASEBALL CAP, SHE'S LIKE 5' 2". I HAVEN'T GOT THE HEART TO TELL HER YET, PLEASE POST IT ASAP. P.S. I REMEMBER THERE WERE 13 VIPs ON THE LIST THAT NIGHT IF THAT WILL HELP YOU. THANKS SO MUCH!

  6. fred0291 avatar

    Hey Jody! - we were at St Paul too - Loved the concert but it's totally insane they would treat us like that.....

  7. Jody Moats avatar

    Same thing happened in St. Paul a few days ago. Bought the VIP tickets as a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend. Spent $300 for two minutes with the guys. There was no q&a session, just a quick picture and were asked to step aside. Very disappointed and sad by it all. You can not tell me the guys do not know about this. Look how many people have bitched about it. Maybe they need to be reminded that they have been successful for forty years because of their fans. Also, anyone else get jipped into buying extra tickets because the vip package said tickets were not included. Who do I contact for that?? The only positive to this situation is the guys can still rock.

  8. fred0291 avatar

    I hear ya!.....Same experience for our group - don't shake hands, no autographs, no q & A session, one pic, don't touch them and it's adios - That is what we get for $150.00???.....It's out right Fraud!

  9. Kirkus avatar

    I wish I found and read all of this before paying for vip tickets. I was excited, had to sell my drums to pay. They won't sign anything. What the F**K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Mr Smith avatar

    Damn! I've been looking over the tour dates to pick one for my wife and I to attend. Haven't seen them live in years so yes, I was planning to buy the meet and greet. Can't believe the guys would let that **** go on.

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