Re: EVO Premium experience - Dublin
If you think Vai is whoring himself out, I think you're dead wrong. We attended the EVO experience on the US tour.
If Steve tried open meet-n-greets at his shows, he'd never get any rest or keep any sort of schedule. How many fans - casual or not - would line up to meet him? Half the damn venue might try to go. Then you'd bitch that he didn't greet everyone who showed up because at some point, he'd have to cut it off if too many people showed up. And what if he just chose a few fans at random? You people would bitch that it's mostly undeserving fans who were chosen and that you got jipped in some strange and convoluted way.
The EVO experience weeds out the casual fans and it's hardly a huge investment unless you're financially retarded or you're still getting an allowance from your parents. When we attended, every single EVO ticket holders was a guitarist, musician, and/or simply a very well-versed fan of his. My wife went with me, and just through being with me for over 13 years, she knows more about Steve than most any casual concert-goer does - and many people who brought wives/girlfriends were similarly acquainted with Steve. The people we attended with, even the more casual attendees, all knew Steve and his music very well.
That's what was nice. Serious fans were there, asking Steve good questions about his music in the 90 minutes he spent with us - he stayed with us until nearly 3am after the show. Holding EVO herself was a bonus, I didn't know we were going to get to do that and since I'm Atheist, I'll say that holding EVO is as close to a religious experience as I can have.
If you think it's whoring, so be it. I can't change your mind. But I can point out the obviousness of the reasoning behind it. And if he makes a little coin off of doing it in a logical, pre-planned manner rather than "being a cool musician and being there for your fans" as Drew describes it, so be it. I don't begrudge him his success or a few dollars. I watched that show at arm's length from Steve, Billy and Dave. That in and of itself was worth the price of admission - seeing some of my heroes play less than four feet in front of my face was priceless.
Sad that people will tear down people they claim to idolize.
Last edited by Bluestreak; 07-14-2005 at 11:01 AM.