FYI: Belton Show and VIP Experience Details
I want to write this in hopes of answering so many questions I've seen and that I had myself before the show. Here's my experience with the VIP package and show:
- Got my GA tix in the mail 5 days beforehand.
- Received the email about where to go and when to be there less than 48 hours beforehand -- specifically, it was around 8:00pm on Fri for a Sun eve show (WAY too late to send this information in my opinion). This is exactly what it said:
This is a one-time informational email for the upcoming Godsmack VIP event taking place at the Bell County Expo Center on 04/22/12.
Please make sure to bring your photo ID and meet at the box office NO LATER than 4:15pm. At this time, all VIP merchandise will be distributed and Gold VIPs will be checked in for the VIP Meet and Greet.
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Have a question? Please contact our Customer Support by submitting a support request at support.groundctrl.com. Additionally, for urgent matters you may call 1-877-GND-CTRL / Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm PST
Be safe and have a great show!
- We arrived at 4 and received a very nice black and white lithograph (i.e. poster), a VIP badge with lanyard, and a bandana.
- There were around 40 VIP people. Around 4:35, we were taken backstage in a line and were told they would sign one item only and there could be no pictures or video. Paris, our guide, did say that Sully would also sign his book if we had it. There were no restrictions on what they could sign. People had all kinds of stuff. Most of us had them sign the lithograph. It's definitely frameable. We were told a photographer would take our picture with the band.
- We went in and the guys were sitting at a table with white tablecloths that they had drew on: Robbie, Sully, Shannon, and then Tony. They were all very nice and Sully was (thankfully) in a good mood and joking around with everyone.
- We had autographs signed. They had a variety of pens-- black and silver-- for them to choose from and the guys were sensitive to what would show up best on your item.
- We then got back in line and had pictures taken by a photographer. Hopefully they will be posted on here soon! And hopefully I don't look like a total dork since she gave us absolutely no time to get in position. Most of us set our stuff down on the table before having the pics taken.
- Then, to everyone's dismay, we were ushered back out of the building and told to get in line... the back of the line. People had been lining up for hours already and there were at least 1000 people ahead of me. Really disappointing to pay for a very special experience-- 4x what everyone else paid-- and then be booted to the back of line. STUPID. I have seen some people complain that we were promised early access and crowd-free shopping, but I believe that was a previous package. I was not promised this on the one I bought. No seeing the sound check either.
- Alas, a few beers will cure any ails. Man Made Machine came on first and played about 4 songs. Their sound was awful. You could barely hear the singer and couldn't hear anything he was saying.
- Halestorm was next and they were great, although the sound still wasn't up to par. They were selling autographed CDs for $10. They're pretty bad ass I think.
- Staind came on and put on an ok show. Their range of musical talents is pretty stunning but a bit disconcerting when all jumbled together in one set. Going from metal screaming to acoustic country ballads and back again can be jarring. Aaron Lewis pretty much stands still a good bit of the time, but Mike Mushok is fun to watch.
- Oh and then THE boys came on out and put on a hell of a show as usual. Nothing new or really different, but then you don't fix what's not broken. They must have special speakers just for them b/c they sounded a million times better than the other 3 bands... crystal clear sound. Robbie looked, as always, like he loves his job and loves the crowd. Sully was the amazing performer and character we all know and love. Tony was Mr. Calm and Cool and sounded fantastic. Shannon was wicked good and entertaining as usual. Their set seemed short, but I think it might have been because I kinda never want them to stop playing. Here's the set list:
Straight Out of Line
Good Day to Die
Cryin Like a Bitch
Love Hate Sex Pain
I Stand Alone
Pretty disappointed that there was no Re-Align and no encore. :-(
And that's how it went. I had a wonderful time and love them a little more every time I see them. I would be happy to answer any questions anyone has about how it went. I know I had some beforehand