What is a Meet and Greet?
According to the Oxford Dictionary it is the following:
"An organized event during which a celebrity, politician, or other well-known figure meets and talks to the public."
If you have been reading the forum, you already know what my experience was at a recent show. For the experience of other fans out there with tickets to future shows, I am hoping that ground control would consider addressing the meet and greet benefit of the Platinum VIP ticket in order to avert a misunderstandings, and disappointment for ZZ Top fans at future shows.
In my opinion, the Platinum VIP description bullet point for the meet and greet should be addressed with one of the following actions:
1.) Remove the bullet point for the meet and greet from the Platinum VIP description. Articulate that the only difference between the Gold and Platinum VIP tickets is a picture in a hallway or up against the wall of a building. If the band doesn't want to speak to the public, shake hands or autograph an item of thier choice, it should be removed from the Platinum VIP offering and the price brought down respectively.
2.) The purchaser of the Gold and Platinum VIP tickets should know in advance that they are really only going to get a photo op without any type dialog or interaction with the band.
3.) Expectations and rules should be addressed up front and articulated on the same web page that tickets are sold. In my experience, we didn't have any rules of engagement or expectations addressed until 60 seconds prior of the band entering the hallway with us. Up front rules such as no talking, no touching, no handshakes, no personal items, no memorabilia allowed, no guitars allowed, no autographs other than one done on a cd prior to the show, no requests period should be posted and made known to the fan well in advance of purchase. This would enable a fan club member to decide whether or not a photograph without a meet and greet next to the band against a plain cinder block wall is worth the extra money in advance of ticket purchase.
Below is a link to a prime example of an exceptional guitarist taking time to meet and greet his fans. Notice that Joe Bonamassa talks to each of them, signs guitars and other items, shakes hands, and poses for pictures with his arms around them. There are many other examples of this on YouTube as well.