Sometimes people I speak with who follow the mainstream society, or are just not big music followers just don’t seem to understand the purpose of attending a meet and greet with a band/artist I love.
Even though I haven’t met any musicians I idolize yet….and that is yet to change come February 22nd, I still understand why it would be so important for big music fans to take the opportunity when it presents itself.
Some people just don’t see the point because they have these common beliefs about what happens in them based on what the media pays most attention to. Despite my lack of experience with these kinds of things, I’m still smart enough to understand why people like myself invest on this when they can. So here are some myths with meet and greets that I’m going to bust for you, because they don’t apply to every famous person on this planet. It all comes down to how big they are.
1. It’s expensive
Not always, this greatly depends on who you’re going to meet if it’s VIP. If you were going backstage to get an autograph from Taylor Swift then you’ll probably be paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get some signed memorabilia. But that’s not always the case, most of the bands I listen to are much smaller over here than in their home turfs.
So the result from that is, if VIP is offered, I could pay as low as $80 just to hang backstage for maybe 15 minutes. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me, in fact it’s better than $100 – $1,000 for this kind of thing! Like if a band I really loved was coming to the GTA and their VIP tickets were under $100 I would spend it in a heartbeat. If it was more expensive than that then I would only spend it unless I could afford it.
So you may wait and wait whether it’s in a VIP line or outside by the bus, and in the end it’ll certainly be worth the wait when the band members show up. I truly hope that when this happens with Lordi I’ll realize that it was worth every penny to pay extra for this opportunity, AND the long wait of 5 years that I have endured up to when this finally happens.
4. Why should we try to meet them? I mean they’re not going to remember you, you’re not going to become friends with them.
Yes part of this is true, the people you idolize and want to meet are not going to be your friends, especially if they’ve got millions of fans.
BUT with smaller bands, sometimes regular attendance of their concerts in your area can lead to this. One of my friends goes to see her favourite band regularly every time they tour in her country. She also takes a few road trips to see them as well while they are there. At first I didn’t understand the point of that because of my “quality > quantity” belief when it comes to concerts, but over time I learned why that it is important to some fans. Eventually my friend became recognized by the band members every time they saw her at the show. They would wave to her, and I’m sure there was some more personal interactions as well but I will not name them because I suppose my friends wish that to be kept secret.
Imagine it this way: If Lordi started touring here regularly and I showed up to every gig in the GTA, the band members might start to notice me more. If I hung out after the show they might greet me using my name, tell me things like “It’s good to see you again,”, have a more in-depth conversation with me, or hey I might get to share a few drinks with them. And that’s all I want out of it, I have NO desire to go back to their hotel with them.