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#21 HalfwayToGone

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:24 AM

The waiting is the hardest part.  I feel your pain.  I had a similar scenario with some crooked broker who sold me a pair of M&G passes for big money, then failed to come thru, promised to refund me and have the promoter deliver a pair of Neil's sticks to my seat, then disappeared the day of the show never to be heard from by me again.  My bank eventually got my cash back 2 months later.  I'll never try to buy passes from a broker again.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

View PostHalfwayToGone, on 17 February 2013 - 09:24 AM, said:

The waiting is the hardest part.  I feel your pain.  I had a similar scenario with some crooked broker who sold me a pair of M&G passes for big money, then failed to come thru, promised to refund me and have the promoter deliver a pair of Neil's sticks to my seat, then disappeared the day of the show never to be heard from by me again.  My bank eventually got my cash back 2 months later.  I'll never try to buy passes from a broker again.
I suppose a broker might have a inside connection to RUSH peoples. I'm sure if the guys (3 kings)
knew about this it would be stopped or maybe not.
The second I read the Showtech email stating I was a winner my adrenaline was in overdrive.  I'm sure the
guys (3) know a lot their fans follow them from city to city. We have a RUSH only credit card
and the $$$ add up quick. Before I so called won M&G I can't honestly say that I would have not
bought M&G myself.  I have heard of people buying them more than once.
Once we knew our meet and greet was gone, my wife wanted to leave. She is legally blind and wanted
to wrap her visual aide cane around the nearest throat including mine. Lol
We stayed of course. Knowing how bad off we where I couldn't even imagine paying a large sum of $$$
and then find out it was not going to happen. If cash was used you would have no recourse.
Credit cards have their purpose. Did you say where your was bought, I'm sure this forum would like to know.
Only if you wish to tell !!
M&G would be worth a lot to true fans. More than money I suppose.
I feel for you bud.  The high and lows that week before the venue took a few years off me.  After especially.
I wanted someone to explain WHAT HAPPENED and that never happened.

Edited by scheming watchmaker, 17 February 2013 - 09:02 PM.


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

Well sit tight, and you will most likely be rewarded for your troubles.  The site I bought from was cheapticketsite.com and the seller was Iconcerttickets.com but I'm pretty sure they're both the same people (despite what they'll tell you).  Stay away!  They're crooked.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:36 AM

Whoa !!
dude.  You got balls.  I like it !!
Not the balls part,  just the fact that some of us don't bite our tongue.(myself included).
Showtech wanted me to lay low for awhile and that was not going to happen.

As soon as Managment got wind of my constant emails, things started moving quickly.
A member on this forum even PM me giving me names and email advise on how to proceed.

Like I have said RUSH FANS stick together, and react as if their mom was duped by tix sellers.
2 days after show Showtech promised to make it right and then some. I explained to Rayanne(Showtech) when you
represent the band RUSH, you must treat every fan as if GEDDY or ALEX himself would treat their fans. When speaking
for RUSH you are RUSH, so treat us like RUSH would. Did I explain that right ?? Oh well I tried.

I know that the M&G happens at 5:30 usually but I don't know if the passes are at box office waiting
for each person or I think when you ask box for M&G they give you directions to a undisclosed location
around venue to meet and pickup. After you paid you had to meet the person after they received it or. ???

From experience I know VIP Tixs are held 1-1&1/2 hours before show which makes it hell to stand in line for
1 hour or more than get VIP Tixs (live nation) at 6:30. Then stand in door line to get in venue.
If your lucky you will get in before show time.  

At Houston last year Dec 12, this was the case. Hundreds of people in line at 6:30 still getting VIP Tixs and
having to get in second line just to get in.  I know people where pissed. I was there and also royally pissed.  

We got to our seats by 7:15 and lines where still trying to get in doors.
I understand the reasoning behind keeping it late and close to showtime. Doing this doesn't give buyers or sellers
any time to trade, sell, or exchange Tixs. In which I'm sure scalping is present.

It does however put unnessary stress and worry and panic on normal fans just trying to get Tixs and
find their seats with enough time for a beer or souvenir fix.

The wife and I was shocked that at 45 minutes before light go out friends of our where still in line getting
VIP passes bought through VIP Live Nation at box office.  They got in 2 mins before show. After being in line for over 2 hours.

I'm not sure this is protocol for RUSH venues, Dam sure hope not. Many fans where irate. Some where pushing forward to get
closer to venue entrance door. Many where very upset. Understandable so.

Something must change so the process can move forward faster. Not next tour (R40) but ASAP. **NOW***.
If 85%  of ticket holders got to their seats on time, it would shock me.  And others who where there.

Well sorry if I got long winded about this, it just brings up good(65%) & bad(35%) memories. Some we will NEVER FORGET !
And as always once show starts all issues of bitterness of getting to your seat goes away quickly.

RUSH  has us licking our wounds, standing from chairs and entering the euphoria which is RUSH LIVE like no others can do !!

We have traved north, south, east and far west to see these guys. The only group we would travel thousands of miles to see LIVE.
As long as my jobs holds and our health allows we will find a way to see them live and in their element. Our creditors love us more
than a fat kid loves cake. I just hope The guys enjoy seeing all of us just as much as we enjoy them.

All the super fans know what to expect from RUSH and they always deliver. ALWAYS !!!!

Well we hope to see our rush family(you know who you) real soon. Also excited about meeting new rush natics.
Next show :  PNC ARENA. May 3, 2013. Floor 1 Row 1 seats 7,8. Alex side. M&G hopefully too.

Feel free to walk up and say hi. Rush fans are friends of ours.
Not sure about other venues yet. Summer looks promising.

THANKS. & RUSH ON BABY !!!!


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

View Postscheming watchmaker, on 16 February 2013 - 02:48 PM, said:

View PostMusicalAbby2112, on 14 February 2013 - 08:36 PM, said:

I wish I could meet them though, I always enter the backstage club contests but I have yet to win! I enter every time I see them. I wish there was another way to obtain the passes.

View PostMusicalAbby2112, on 14 February 2013 - 08:36 PM, said:

I wouldnt mind paying a little money to meet them. after all, they are my absolute heroes.  
But paying a ton of money for a short little meet and greet is a waste of money.

I wish I could meet them though, I always enter the backstage club contests but I have yet to win! I enter every time I see them. I wish there was another way to obtain the passes.

Do all the merch people carry them??

Are you asking "Do other merchandisers carry M&G?"
It would make since if there was other ways to get M & G.
I too have seen meet & greets at ticket brokers sites for $$$$. It really
sucks that true to the core fans (Like wife and I ) have to fight for a good seat
at most venues too! Dam ticket brokers only have profits in mind as they are able
to buy Blocks of seats fast and shut most fans out.  
I have learned that if you don't buy on Presale day 1 you get crap seats.
Getting back to M & G.  I actually WON M&G from Showtech Backstage last year
at Houston in which the M&G passes never showed.  
A few days after the show (AWESOME SHOW ACTUALLY) I was still livid.
To be so close to having a 30 second photo op with the gods of rock only to have the 5:30 m&g time pass by
and being able to do nothing about it.
I admit being star struck and the build up which started the Monday before didn't help none.  
Showtech has already sent me a signed by 3 copy of the CA TOURBOOK.  
They have also made promises I hope will be kept like M&G of my choice 2013.
We chose Raleigh, NC on May 3.   We have front row Alex side.
I have the word of 3 people at SHOWTECH that we will get M&G at THE PNC ARENA.
It will be a special nite in NC which started 2010 in SYRACUSE then Chicago, N.O.,Houston and THE GORGE then
2012 to Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston.  BOY what a RIDE !!!!!
Look forward to seeing everybody there.
RUSH ON BABY !!!!!

I guess the only way to get M&G is to enter the backstage club contests and hope to win :(

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:57 PM

^^ It sounds like that's the best way. I know some people do score their passes because of someone they know but for those who actually win passes and get to meet the band... they always seem over the moon. And rightly so!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

I have had the priviledge of attending a M&G and am glad to have had the opportunity.

This being said, I will say that they are slightly overrated and not overly personal exchanges.

You are basically ushered in and wait in line and given instructions as to how the M&G will work.

Alex and Geddy come out and you have no more than 30 seconds (if that long) to say what you'd like, shake hands and a photgrapher snaps the photo and you are off.

Again, in spite of this, I am glad to have done so, but would not recommend anyone paying for this opportunity.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

^^ Would be 30 seconds of heaven for me, baby, to be smooshed in-between Alex and that other guy.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

I'm going to try as hard as I can to get them :D

However it might be good that I dont get to meet them, I might pass out and/or puke from the sight of my heroes! :P

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:32 PM

View PostJanie, on 18 February 2013 - 09:05 PM, said:

^^ Would be 30 seconds of heaven for me, baby, to be smooshed in-between Alex and that other guy.

:rfl:  Brilliant!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

My one meeting w/rush was thru a connection, but it was in 1994, before they had these photo op meet and greets.  Believe me, "over the moon" is an understatement.  We actually got to schmooze a bit with the band, cocktails and trays of food circulating, no lines, just an open VIP area at a closed party with everyone mingling together.  Except Neil of course who was tucked away in a very large circular booth.  My friends and I were completely floored—my buddy even left his tshirt behind when we left the party because he was so delirious from the experience.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

View PostHalfwayToGone, on 19 February 2013 - 08:48 AM, said:

My one meeting w/rush was thru a connection, but it was in 1994, before they had these photo op meet and greets.  Believe me, "over the moon" is an understatement.  We actually got to schmooze a bit with the band, cocktails and trays of food circulating, no lines, just an open VIP area at a closed party with everyone mingling together.  Except Neil of course who was tucked away in a very large circular booth.  My friends and I were completely floored—my buddy even left his tshirt behind when we left the party because he was so delirious from the experience.

That experience must have been just awesome!!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

I've never done a meet and greet before but from what I've heard from people who have is that most of the meet and greet is a long lecture given by the meet and greet manager. Then you get about a minute to shake hands with Rush and take a picture. This whole process takes about an hour. I've also heard that if you have the option to sit front row or do a meet and grett, do the front row seats, it's much more worth it.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:05 PM

View PostRushfan_2112, on 19 February 2013 - 04:45 PM, said:

I've never done a meet and greet before but from what I've heard from people who have is that most of the meet and greet is a long lecture given by the meet and greet manager. Then you get about a minute to shake hands with Rush and take a picture. This whole process takes about an hour. I've also heard that if you have the option to sit front row or do a meet and grett, do the front row seats, it's much more worth it.

I definitely agree with this. I've never been to a meet and greet, but I had front row seats at Vegas, directly in front of Geddy, and I'd say 3 hours of staring at him is way better haha. I was doing what every hardcore rush fan would do im sure, and Alex came over and sorta leaned over and he looked at me and smiled, and I started screaming and he looked back over and winked. :blush:  Geddy looked at me a lot, but he did one of his sweet bass riffs and he was grooving his head and then looked away, but those moments I believe are a whole lot better to experience.
See, during the actual concert, you can scream and wiggle and fangirl and cry all you want, but at a M&G I'd probably awkwardly just stand there and cry and turn red. So, yes. front row kicks ass

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

Haven't been front row yet, but 4th row a few times, and the first time we got that close it seemed like Geddy purposely made sure to come over to Alex's side where we were for every one of those bass runs in YYZ and look me right in the eye while he ripped each one.  I was like, "he's not REALLY looking at me, is he?" the first two times, but when he came back again the third time, it was pretty obvious he was making a point to look right over at us.  I doubt he recognized me from the 1994 after show party (this was S&A 14years later), cuz I had a ton of long hair back then and a buzz cut for this show, but I suppose it's possible.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 05:06 PM

What that old saying, “Once you go front row”?
We had side seats on various shows. There is nothing wrong with bleacher seats.  The problem for us was standing up and some asshole behind us screaming “sit the f**k down” which was not gonna happen. Then without hesitation a beer gets thrown on us.
To our shock one of the Rush Police saw it happen. He told the guy to leave which started a huge ruckus. I walked up to the police guy just to say let the guy stay no harm done. This dick gets in my face telling me “stop making matters worse”. He,finally understood my intentions and calmed down. I did tell the beer thrower “we will never sit down”.   He was happy to let us stand.
Long story huh?  
With that in mind, from that day forward we always got floor seats. Fifth row sucked, third row was better but FIRST?  OMG.  
We where very fortunate to get front row when we did. Either through brokers or using my wife’s very little eye sight to get “visually impaired seating”. She holds that visual aide cane up The Whole Show.
Front row is the ultimate mind f**k. Us being such huge fans let’s our imagination run wild.  We act nuts and it does seem that their show is FOR YOU. Having no one in front is the way to go.
Oh and by the way i won M&G and like was said a few words back Front Row puts a foot in M&G’s ASS.

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