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. jpcarlile avatar

    So very well said!!! I bought the EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE Meet N Greet tickets also!! Bought 3 for my husband and brothers birthdays and me to attend with them! Waist of valuable money for the Meet N Greet for sure!!! I would pay to watch the band any day again but never another disastrous Meet N Greet again!!! Not only did we have to put all of our own cameras away but could not even talk to them, REALLY? By definition a Meet N Greet pretty much is self explanatory! You meet the members of the band, shake their hands and tell them how awesome they are!! To top it all off we were also at the concert in Eagle, ID on August 21st and here we are the end of October and no lythrograph!!! I hear you about the money spent (we drove 1.5 hours out of the way) and money's spent on a babysitter!! Get real nice how you all can make a fortune and give nothing back to your fans after an amazing performance!! I believe we should all be refunded at least half of the cost of these "amazing back stage passes!" Tough to walk away from such a great concert disappointed because of an ignorant manager!!!

  2. daddydarbo avatar

    10-26-2012
    CLASS NEVER GOES OUTTA STYLE.

    THANK YOU FRANK, DUSTY AND BILLY FOR A HALL OF FAME SHOW.........
    FANTASTIC NEW VENUE......

    DONT LET THE BLOGS FOOL ANYONE......
    THE NAYSAYERS MUSTA BEEN STONED AND MISSED IT.

    VERY VERY CLASS ACT, I WAS FRONT AND CENTER.
    WATCHING THE BEST GUITARS AND DRUMMER
    TO EVER GRACE THE PLANET OF WOMEN.

    PABLO AND JERROD HANDLED THE MEET AND GREET WITH PROFESSIONAL YET PERSONABLE WORK.

    I DO NOT CARE IF I EVER SEE ANOTHER SHOW....THAT WAS GOOD GENTELMEN.
    WE EVEN GOT TO SEE GIZZMO.

    I JUST DO NOT SEE HOW ANYONE CAN CRITICIZE THIS SHOW.
    MAYBE I JUST KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT........
    AND WAS PLEASENTLY SATISFIED.

    THANKS AGAIN TO THE WHOLE CREW.
    NOW..... I GOTSTA GET BACK TO WORK COZZ
    I GOTSTA GET PAID.

  3. Steevo avatar

    Well stated! I appreciate the fact that you kept your class intact here even after the classless Pablo treated you all the way they did. Shame on them. I have to believe that the band didn't know how things were being handled and I hope they are informed soon before some fans decide to give up and go elsewhere.

    Stay cool my man!

  4. billy rocker avatar

    I said before i wrote the song of the century i didn even get to meet zz top. tried to get my song to them. but what ever. THEY KICKED ASS!!!!! HELL OF A GOOD SHOW... DAMN SURE MY FAVORITE BAND....
    but what do you expect the key of all thanks the boys gots alot going on.
    and they are ROCK STARS AFTERBURNER ALL...Your lucky you got that cry baby.
    the dragon on fire billy rocker

  5. collaredprinzes avatar

    I'm very disappointed to hear this. I'm glad my Owner hasn't wasted his hard earned money!!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!!

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