Backstage Without a Pass

music musings, beaverdamusa.comThis is a line in the Chickenfoot song “My Kind of Girl”.  It alludes to a lady who evidently gets backstage to party on the weekends.  For many years, the image of being backstage at rock shows conjured up images of scantily clad folks, beer fountains, and overall debauchery.   A while back, I mused about this in the classic Backstage: Sex, Drugs and… Bar-B-Que? musing.   Besides reveling in activity that would make your Sunday School teacher blush, one of the benefits of being backstage allowed you to meet some of the very people you were there to see perform.  

How does one get backstage?  You could be lucky enough to know someone in the band/crew or win a radio contest.  Often, someone gets picked out of the crowd by the band to join them in “social interaction” after the show.  They get noticed because they flash the band during the show.  I tried that once a few years ago – luckily I could hide from Stevie’s security detail.  I apologized to her for making her laugh during a song.  Over the last few years, there has evolved a new way to get backstage – you pay for it.  

Yep, you can now plop down that ole credit card and buy your way backstage.  There are various VIP packages you can purchase from Ticketmaster for some artists.  I browsed some coming shows to obtain a sample of what you could get.  Here’s a few examples:

  • Cheap Trick – for only $325/ticket at the Ascend Ampitheatre, you sit in the first five rows, get a shirt, a limited edition print, a Dream Police badge, and a meet and greet with the band.  [The meet and greet session is typically a production line where you walk in, get a pic snapped, and are ushered out].
  • Taylor Swift – for $546 at Nissan Stadium, you will get a seat and a custom memorabilia box with a personal message from Taylor herself.  No meet and greet though.
  • Def Leppard – for only $850, you get a front row seat, meet and greet, picture, autographed picture, and a luggage tag among other items.

The creative spark for this musing was an interview I heard with Gene Simmons (of KISS if you must ask) about him coming to Nashville.  He is pitching the Gene Simmons Vault which is a collection of recordings and pictures throughout his whole career.  Somewhat intrigued, I checked out the website and then proceeded to laugh.  Big Gene wants $2,000 for you and a guest to come see him play a few songs and hand you your autographed copy of the Vault.  Scary thing is that there is a list of about 40 cities where Gene is going – that means that people are paying this amount.

If you can buy your way backstage just like Jim Ed Bob in McEwen can, it loses some of its luster in my mind.  Maybe you could buy your way backstage and come up with a great story about how Stevie picked you out of a crowd and wanted you to feed her grapes……

Dreaming, uh musing in Nashville

Zach

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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