What is a Meet and Greet?

Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM By: texaswyatt

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LleGeKo5Cc

  1. Niblos avatar

    Let me get this straight - you got the shaft from ZZ TOP AND YOU DIDNT GET SECOND ROW LIKE ADVERTISED??? I would take GROUND CONTROL TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.

  2. cajun classic avatar

    SAW THE GUITAR ON THE CRUISE. FINE PIECE OF ART. TOOOOOO SAD THEY WOULD NOT SIGN IT SINCE IT WAS DESIGNED WITH THEM IN MIND. I FIGURE IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN ALL OF 30 SECONDS FOR ALL TO SIGN. I GUESS IT'S ALL ABOUT THE $$$$$$$$$$ & NOT ABOUT THE LOYAL FANS. THEY WILL GET NO MORE OF MINE $$$$$$$$$$. SEE YOU ON RLC II.

  3. cajun classic avatar

    SAW THEM ON ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE. I HAVE ALWAYS PUT ZZ AT THE TOP OF MY LIST. NEVER MISSED A CONCERT WHEN THEY WERE IN TOWN. STILL HAVE ALL ZZ ON 8 TRACK. AS A FAN OF ZZ I ALONG WITH THE MAJORITY OF CRUISERS ( OUR AGE GROUP PUT THEM WHERE THEY ARE TODAY) WERE UPSET THAT THEY DID NOT MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE TO TAKE PICTURES OR SIGN AUTOGRAPHS LIKE THE MTB & MOLLY HATCHET DID + MANY OTHER GROUPS ON THE CRUISE. A FEW PEOPLE RAN INTO THEM AND THEY STILL REFUSED . I GUESS THEY FORGOT WHERE THEY CAME FROM "THE BOTTOM" LIKE ALL OTHER ROCK STARS. IN THE BEGINNING FOLKS IN BEAUMONT,NEW ORLEANS, AND THE GULF COAST REALLY LOVED THEIR BLUSEY AND KICK ASS ROCKING COMBO AND SUPPORTED THEM.REMEMBER " THE WAREHOUSE IN N.O. WHICH WAS ONE VENUE THEY PLAYED MANY TIMES. WE BUILT THE FOUNDATION ( FAN BASE) TO SUPPORT THEM, BUT WE ARE NOW FORGOTTEN. I HEAR THEY HAVE A NEW CD COMING OUT. MAYBE THEY SHOULD DO A STEVE MILLER COVER OF TAKE THE MONEY & RUN!!!!! SORRY , JUST VERY DISGUSTED WITH THE TRES HOMBRES. DON'T KNOW IF I COULD BRING MYSELF TO SEE THEM AGAIN AFTER THE CRUISE AND READING THESE BLOGS

  4. TailGunner avatar

    I feel for you brother! I spent three months building a custom guitar ( http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2145313486610&set=a.2144655790168.89046.1659453186&type=3&theater ) to honor the boys and the Rock Legends Cruise. I was, needless to say, disappointed when their manager just flat out shut me down twice. As a player, I can appreciate the need to protect the tools of the craft, hands, health etc., but come on guys, it's just a minute or two of your time to acknowledge the decades of support that we have given.

  5. William avatar

    I saw ZZ in Denver , with the same treatment. I still have NOT receiver my CD yet. The show was October 10 th'. Our hostess , Cory didnt even have a camera for the pictures....go figure . They could care less about our feelings , assuming we are HUMAN and have feelings !! I was told to suck it up by said hostess when i found out that i didnt have first 2 row seating. And my call from ground central , that she promised never came either....( no surrise ) they got there money. I got squat.....

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