Is everyone as upset over the new GT packages? If so read on, I encourage all to post everywhere. Lets see if we can be heard and this farcity can be fixed.
Once upon a time there was this little band named 30 Seconds To Mars. They were all about their fans. They came out after shows, chatted, pictures were real human beings. Times changed, they became more popular however they never seemed to lose sight in the fact that they had great fans and continued to come out after shows, have signings after shows.
Then in 2008 things began to change a bit, no longer was it a guarantee they would come out after a show or do a signing but they were still human beings and really seemed to appreciate their fanbase.
Meat and potatos:
2009 was a big year, new album and a new look. The shows in the USA were now ran by I Love All Access (ILAA) a very reputable company works with many bands. There were meet and greets now. During those M&G’s there was food, water, soda, games and the band would come and each person had their time with the band. It was short but a true M&G. During that time if you had a quick question you could ask, give a gift it was your time.
Then with the cancellation/postponement of shows, ILAA decided it was no longer cost effective to deal with 30 Seconds to Mars (yes I did ask them). So The Hive sent out emails and asked people what they liked and disliked about the whole experience. They then came up with Golden Tickets.
Golden Tickets were the same price at the ILAA packages EXCEPT there was no food, water, drink, prizes, personal one on one time with the band. Instead you are now coraled around the room the band comes around quickly signs whatever it is you want signed. Half the time the band never even looks up at you. Then they come back around and take a picture that half the time it doesnt even look like they want to be in.
Half way thru this part of the US tour, they decided to do the M&G’s after the shows. Actually said this was better because it allowed more time for the fans to actually interact with the fans. What a bunch of bs! Now the fans are all sweaty from being in the pit and they paid how much to look like shit for a picture? Plus the band now REALLY doesnt want to be there. I have heard girls ask Jared a question and he says he doesnt have time. Excuse me Mr Leto, isnt this the people who have paid good money for Golden Ticket’s, their time? The only good thing about this whole meet and greet package was early entry.
Now with the recent new packages worldwide, the cost is $50.00 more and there is no longer early entry! What exactly are we paying for? The new Mercedes they each drive? Shannons new project CB7? Jared’s snuggie poncho that cost $1300?
When people asked via facebook, twitter, email, they were ignored. People have a right to be angry! What are they paying for exactly? They get a bag (~$2.00), a paper thin poster (~0.50) and a tshirt (lets say $5.00), longer are there laminates (ILAA and the European tour both offered). So for a now $300 package it will cost the band $7.50! Ok lets say $10.00. They are paying $290.00 MINIMUM for a picture! A picture that was once free and offered freely due to the band being grateful for people coming to their shows.
Sure there are stars who will allow pictures for money. $50 or $60 dollars! NOT $290.00.
The only saving grace WAS the early entry. This way people could travel, see someplace where they had never been. The fans who do travel dont have the luxury of a bus driver to get them to the next gig while they sleep. They now have to risk their lives driving while tired so they can get inline with others. Why because the band has become just a greedy money making, could care less about anyone but themselves entity.
If people read this, blog this, tweet the link to the band, magazines, facebook, anyone and everyone perhaps we will be heard. If they cancel the GT? Who cares what exactly are you going to miss out on by not having said Golden Ticket. At least when Willy Wonka had Golden Tickets you got a bar of chocolate.
No longer does this band care about The Echelon, if you arent in good graces with The Hive, Emma, Robbie, Dai, Sarah, Stephanie, Bryan then you wont get shit. My sister and girlfriend had to learn the hardway.
Perhaps if the band hears your voices, they will realize their mistakes and if they truly DO care about the Echelon, will fix what is not right.