Meet /mēt/ (verb): come into the presence or company of (someone) by chance or arrangement
Every tour, residency, and any event where the Backstreet Boys have offered any kind of Meet and Greet, VIP upgrades, etc., we’re always asked the same question — Is VIP Meet & Greet worth it?
The answer is… that it’s different for everyone. It’s a matter of priority, expectations, and personal perspective. So, in short, the answer is that we have no real answer, but we can tell you what we think.
When we were kids, the idea of meeting the Backstreet Boys was a pipe dream. They were untouchable. They were only on our televisions. They were only 36 rows away from your seat at their sold out concert. Meeting Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick was something we could only dream about.
Sure, there were radio contests and there was the chance that you may know somebody who knew somebody who could maybe you into their presence and on the off chance that you did get a photo with them, you barely got a millisecond to say anything.
Fast forward to the Never Gone tour where you had to join the fanclub to enter to win admittance into their soundcheck. We entered, some of us won, and although it wasn’t a chance to meet the Boys, it was a chance to be closer and they were some of the best days of our lives.
Eventually, things evolved into being able to purchase a VIP Meet and Greet, which included various additions depending on the era. Some included backstage tours led by one of the Boys, some included soundcheck, some included merchandise, etc.
All of them included a meet and greet with the Backstreet Boys. The one thing that we had dreamed about since becoming a fan and there it was – an option for us to purchase. It was an option for us to tell them our names, to say thank you, to hug the people that made the music that got you through the best times and worst times, and have it commemorated forever.
But at some point, it went from being less about Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick and more about us, us, us. Things went from being grateful for the opportunity to why do we have to wait so long? Why are they overselling? Why aren’t they adding more? Why can’t they do it for free? Why aren’t they offering ____ like they did last tour? Why are we let in and left? Why do they call it VIP if we’re not treated like VIP? Why is am I paying for a lounge I don’t care about? Why don’t I get enough time to use the lounge? Why isn’t the lounge filled with food I want? Why can I not bring props to make my photo even more different? Why can’t I bring gifts? And the all time most asked question — why is meet and greet so quick?
As we’ve stated on our Twitter, if the Backstreet Boys spent 2 minutes with every person who went through the meet & greet line, they would be standing there for over two hours before performing a two hour show…every night. We’ve seen multiple people suggest “tricks” to stretch out their meet and greet, but the truth of the matter is, we wouldn’t suggest being that person either. The truth is — if you’re chill and plan out what you want to say, you’ll have plenty of time to say what you want and make it count. Personally, we’ve always been able to say most of what we wanted to say and do what we wanted to do and when we haven’t, it’s been our own faults. The Boys have been nothing but kind and willing to listen. They’ve been MORE than willing to comply with crazy photo ideas and make an effort to make the most of the time that we are all given together.
Quality > Quantity. It IS possible to have an amazing 30 seconds that you will talk about for the rest of your life, but it’s up to you and your attitude walking into it.
The truth about VIP Meet & Greet is that it’s up to you. This tour is offering an actual limited number VIP experience with a backstage lounge with snacks, photo opportunities with your friends, and a place to chill while you wait (which you might not be able to fully appreciate unless you’ve been to VIP on past tours, waited for hours in the heat outside and had to eat before you came) and meet and greet. You get the chance to meet your favorite band members, to hug them, to thank them, to create a memory. Whether you think it’s enough that they’ll remember you the next time or not, why does it matter? You’ll remember it. We guarantee that you’ll treasure it. And you’ll have a friggin photo to prove it! With YOU by yourself with ALL. FIVE. BACKSTREET BOYS.
The truth about VIP Meet & Greet is that you owe it to yourself. Yeah, of course the Backstreet Boys need fans to show up, but when it comes down to it – VIP is going to mean more to each of us. Every M&G serves as the moments we’ve dreamed about when we were teenage girls with posters on our walls coming to fruition. Every M&G is a different experience and an opportunity to make the best out of a concert experience and time with your friends (or to make new ones). You owe it to the girl (or boy) who never thought they would be cool enough to do this.
Our biggest, most honest suggestion is not to sabotage your own decision or experience by listening to those who have. For every person complaining, there are 100 people who wouldn’t trade their VIP for a thing and would do it again in a heartbeat. If you can live in the present, go in without expectations and with a sense of gratitude, we guarantee that you won’t regret it. However, you also owe it to yourself to read honest reviews beforehand and decide if it is something that you would be satisfied paying for for what you receive. If it’s not, that’s okay too!
We would like to end this post by also saying that what you can afford does not make or break your experience either. If you can’t swing VIP or you weren’t able to grab one for your show, if the VIP experience doesn’t sound like it’s for you, if you’re going alone or sitting in the nosebleeds, your Backstreet Boys experience is still what. you. make. it. And if you haven’t guessed by now, that’s pretty much how we feel about everything.