mikemiller343 October 2012 at 3:26amPosts: 7 (0 today)Status: offline
I ordered one of the ticket packages, the one with the Level 2 ticket...I believe it was the Hot Sound package. Isn't there a merchandise item included? What is it and when can I expect it?
mikemiller343 October 2012 at 3:28amPosts: 7 (0 today)Status: offline
Sorry, in fact it was the Hot Ticket package that I ordered, but I believe the question is still relevant.
Stymie20003 October 2012 at 1:01pmPosts: 15 (0 today)Status: offline
In Colorado we got a throw blanket with the So album cover as the pattern. Very appropriate for an outdoor concert in the fall. Curious what people got at other venues.
trixare4kids23 October 2012 at 9:57pmPosts: 4 (0 today)Status: offline
In San Jose we got a So Tour lanyard & a Peter Gabriel/So Blanket. They bags they gave us at New Blood were way better.
Ela4 October 2012 at 2:18pmPosts: 1334 (0 today)Status: offline
mikemiller-I really don't know how they handled the Hot Ticket package. The other 2 packages were sent e-mails telling them to meet between 3-3:45pm to enter for sound check. At the entry point they gave you the merchandise item and lanyard, and a wrist band. Since your ticket didn't include sound check, I don't know exactly when you were supposed to get your items. Did you get an e-mail about a week before your show, from SLO tix?
mikemiller346 October 2012 at 3:26amPosts: 7 (0 today)Status: offline
Thanks, everyone, for your input. I'll probably wait until the tour ends, then send an e-mail. I'm owed a merchandise item or an explanation as to its whereabouts (assuming it wasn't lost in the mail), but I don't want some poor staff member to have to deal with me on top of tour hassles.
Zenrider6 October 2012 at 3:47amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
OK, if you weren't part of the soundcheck, I think those are mailed to you. Not sure, don't quote me, but am thinking that's the way it works. Before the soundcheck it's easy to hand out the merchandise as there are only so many people. Whereas with the people coming for special seating and such with the rest of the wonderful crowd coming to see Peter later would be more difficult. Perhaps it says somewhere in your purchase info when such items will be sent?
Zenrider6 October 2012 at 3:49amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Heck, I'm sorry I missed out on one of Rev Bob's magnets.
jcb9 October 2012 at 11:40pmPosts: 2 (0 today)Status: offline
22 days after the show in Montreal i finally received my hot sound package merchandise in the mail. I tried to find out what was part of the bundle ever since i bought the tickets, but never was able to figure it out. I was anticipating to get at least ( for the extra $100 i paid per ticket ) a copy of the newly remastered album or a link to the downloadable 24 bit version. That would have been something to remember the show by and enjoy in the future.
What i got instead is a blanket (WTF) and a plastic pass with the inscription < no entry to venue without a ticket - No backstage access - Not for sale >
I would add < No value whatsoever >. I am sending it back to protest and signify that i'm not just disappointed, i'm embarrassed and frustrated. It's just stuff with no emotional value. It is so far away from the excellence and the genius of all i ever got from Peter Gabriel in the past. What a bummer.
Ela10 October 2012 at 2:52amPosts: 1334 (0 today)Status: offline
The blanket/lanyard were only given out to those with the packages. Each of his recent tours have had something that was given out that was unique to only those with the sound check access. A special sound check t-shirt, a bag, coasters, a blanket. It's a merchandise item that is not available to the general ticket holder. I guess it's up to the individual just how much value you see in the unique item.
Pat Parker10 October 2012 at 3:13amPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Zenrider10 October 2012 at 4:26amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Yup, think limited edition merchandise, but to each their own. Part of the expense of the ticket was also to be in the first so many rows, not just the merchandise.
Anyway, can't please everyone.
jcb10 October 2012 at 11:48pmPosts: 2 (0 today)Status: offline
I made a mistake in my previous post about the blanket/lanyard merchandise. It was a hot ticket package, not a hot sound package. My point is that i never knew what i was getting until i received it. If i had known that from the start, i would have passed on the offer. The seats were not that great, the merchandise is insignificant. As for the show itself, here is a quote from Clip (a member) who wrote a review about the Montreal show that was exactly what i think.
< Unfortunate, but I really believe that they did not rehearse enough nor did they allow for enough time to concieve and build the production. Dispointing for the price we pay for tickets these days not to mention the potential that could have been and should have been a better overall experience. I believe a little more effort in the pre production and rehearsals would have made a huge difference. > I never paid that much for a show in my entire life and never felt so disappointed.
Pat Parker11 October 2012 at 2:42amPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Sorry to hear about your disappointment, jcb. It's unfortunate in that you seem to have been disappointed with all of it, not just one part of it and that really does suck for you because even if it wasn't so much money, to not have enjoyed any of it would be a waste of money, don't you think?
Unfortunately, I think this is a case of "too little too late" for you for several reasons. However, I'm curious as to why you were surprised (and subsequently disappointed) in the whole package deal because: a) ALL of the special ticket packages clearly listed each and every single item that was to be included in the package -- you could have (and should have) read this information before purchasing the package -- no surprises here; b) once you decided to buy a package (VIP, hot sound, etc.), you selected the number of tickets you wanted and you were given the option of purchasing those particular seats -- there is a seating chart with each venue, there are a few minutes for you to decide -- again, no surprises here; c) you then went through the entire buying process, which, in and of itself, is so time-consuming some times and that alone would give you even more time to review what you were buying.
I'm truly sorry that you seem to have had such a bad experience from the get-go, but honestly, the only thing that was out of your hands was the actual show and how it went -- which, for you, was also a disappointment. In reading your post, I'm just wondering exactly what it was that you were looking for?
Comparatively speaking, last year's tickets and VIP packages (for New Blood) had more problems in the very beginning in that the tix went on sale before the VIP packages. PG's team was very, very good about handling that problem and corrected it so that fans wouldn't get the best deal they could. I was very satisfied after the problem was corrected and very grateful for PG and his team for making things right for the fans -- he really does care, after all, it's his livlihood. So, this year's tickets and packages went more smoothly (in my opinion and experience). I'm very happy with the way it went and will never regret buying VIP tickets to these shows -- they've made such great memories for me.
As for the "extras" and the "goodies" and "merchandise" -- I agree with Laura and Zen in that it's all dependent upon what your expectations are, but for me, I paid the extra money for this reason: to have a really kick-ass seat for the show, to experience the soundcheck (each show is different, just like the concerts), to share some special moments with other fans -- sometimes just meeting them for the first time, finding out they've been fans for as long or longer than yourself. The extras (in this case, the blanket and the lanyard) were simply that for me -- extras -- it certainly wasn't the only reason I bought the package and even if I hadn't gotten the goodies, I'd be fine with that too.
Again, I'm sorry that you had such a bad time with the whole thing overall. Hopefully if you decide to attend another concert in the future (in a few years), you'll know better and buy a regular ticket and just sit back and enjoy the show.
Kind regards to you.
RealFan12 October 2012 at 1:31amPosts: 51 (0 today)Status: offline
@Pat; I completely agree with you in regards to Mr Gabriel's team. I had to get an issue resolved right when I purchased my tickets and I had the wonderful surprise of receiving a reply directly from someone within PG's team. I will not give out any names but the person from the team helped me very much in that she went out of her way to resolve my 'problem'. I was very very happy.
It's true, PG and his team really does care and I got first hand proof of that.
As for the unsatisfied report from JCB, I too am sorry that he didn't get a good experience and I tend to agree with your interpretation of the situation.
I'm very pleased with what the Hot Sound Package provided and I too will keep great memories from both shows (and the H-S-Package in Montreal).
We spent the money for two tickets for Quebec and two Hot Sound Packages for Montreal (myself and my wife). It was a good deal of money, the most I've spent for the Montreal show but (in my view) worth every penny. The 'extra merchandise' are going to be nice items to keep but indeed it's not the key aspect of this package.
I jokingly told my wife ''your items are not to be given away to anyone but myself if you ever choose to part with them''.... She found me quite funny... but I told her I was serious...
Pat Parker12 October 2012 at 2:15amPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Hi real fan,
Like yourself I had the same response from pg's team last year when I wrote about a tix problem and I think it's nice to know that he does listen to his fans and does what he can to ensure we don't get screwed by the industry and the many sharks in those waters.
Like yourself, I've spent some money on pg over the years, but as I often say, PG is my drug of choice and the pleasure I get from attending the shows, spending time with other like-minded folks is well worth it
I know that there will always be differences of opinions regarding what pg should or shouldn't do for his fans. I, too, have my own wishes and hopes, but the truth is that he does not owe any single one of us anything. We are his fans of our own free will and it sometimes gets a bit old to read some of the harsh criticisms from his "fans". This is not to say we can't be unhappy about a show or something, but sometimes I wonder why a person even continues to follow him.
All I know is based on my own personal experiences, my own personal taste in music, and my own personal fondness for decent human beings. For me, PG fits the bill and the moment he doesn't any longer, I will put away my box of PG and call it a day ... And I won't have a single regret, I'm sure!
Zenrider12 October 2012 at 4:19amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Heck, I'm likely to make everyone's blankets worth more, because I'm gonna use it.
Pat Parker12 October 2012 at 4:45amPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
drem91413 October 2012 at 12:40amPosts: 64 (0 today)Status: offline
My wife and I got two from the Santa Barbara show and now my son wants one for his place.
Hecko14 October 2012 at 5:57pmPosts: 2 (0 today)Status: offline
Hi as i live in germany i had no chance to see the tour. if anyone wants to sell the blankezt and / or the pass please contact me