I went to the Paso Robles show. After reading all the posts about the Meet and Greet, I was somewhat apprehensive, but bought the VIP upgrade anyway. It was a great show, of course. Afterward, my brother and I were escorted to a small anteroom behind the stage. There were only 8 people in our VIP group, and about 15 others that were hanging around, that were not credentialed. Several of these people were the band Social Distortion, so it was pretty cool seeing them, even though they did hog some of our time with the band... Pablo did come out and say no handshakes, no touching, and definitely no autographs.. I had bought a REMO drumhead, as we were all told ZZTOP would sign one article for everyone.. However, after, and actually during the photo session, ZZTOP seemed to loosen up a little. There were three very pretty girls there with no VIP badges, that were very aggressive and pushy about getting their CD's signed. I waited and tried to pick my moment. Frank Beard was very accommodating and seemed a nice guy. Billy is an artist, and as such, seemed to have other things on his mind. The whole thing was developing like other book signings ans such that I've been to. I was able to manuveur myself between the ever-present Pablo and Billy, and this allowed my brother to get a really custom Autograph on his original London copy of "ZZTOP'S FIRST ALBUM" from the man himself. Not so for me... but the Blues is about the wanting and not the having, so now I have my own ZZTOP Blues experience to reflect on... No regrets, it went better than many others I've read about...
Keepin' the Blues alive-
are you guys coming to canada any time soon?
The guys never even acknowledged our presence in Lynn, MA. I have never been so let down. I always heard Gibbons and the boys were "so down to earth" but this whole experience has totally changed my opinion of the band. There was no excuse for their behavior and I feel like such a fool dropping that amount of cash, period. I have been extremely blessed over the years meeting plenty of rock stars/musicians such as Brian Setzer, Junior Brown, Adrian Belew, Elvis Costello, Billy Duffy, Doc Watson, Luo Pallo, Earl Slick, Chris Isaac band, The Pixies Nick Lowe, Dave Navarro and Vernon Reid just to name a few and all were very cool and none of them were getting "paid" to do it. It really lets you know where zz top's priorities are these days. We won't get fooled again!
I FEEL YOU BROTHER. I RODE 420 MILES TO BOLOXI AND SPENT THE PRICE TO MEET ZZ TOP AND I EVEN HAVE A HISTORY OF HELPING WITH 38 OF THERE SHOWS BACK IN THE 70'S ONLY TO BE TOLD THE BILLY GIBBONS BOOK I HAD CARRYED IN A BACK PACK ALL THOSE MILES TO GET SIGNED WASN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. EVEN AFTER SHOWING MY BOOK TO BILLY AND HIM GIVING ME A WAIT JUST A SECOND SEGNAL BACK WITH HIS HAND THE ROADY THAT HAD STOOD THERE DURING THE PHOTOS BLEW ME OFF WITH A IN MY FACE SARCASTIC REMARK ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE BLOW SMOKE UP HIS ASS EVERY SHOW HOPING TO GET SOMETHIG SIGNED. I EVEN ENDED UP SEEING DUSTY HILL AND WHILE WE WERE SHAKING HANDS AND I WAS TELLING HIM HOW I HAD WORKED AT THE WHAREHOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS AND HAD WALKED THE ZZ TOP BAND UP ON STAGE DURING THERE WORDWIDE TEXAS TOUR, WHEN I ASK IF HE WOULD SIGN MY BOOK HE JUST LOOKED UP AT ME AND SAID "THATS BILLYS BOOK" AND WALKED OFF!!! THE SHOW WAS GREAT, BILLY ACTED LIKE HE REALLY ENJOYED DOING IT BUT IN THE END I WAS LET DOWN BIG TIME BY MY FAVORITE BAND THAT I'VE FOLLOWED FOR OVER 40 YEARS. HEART BROKEN MAN