Meet and Greet Disaster
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.