LARS ULRICH Says METALLICA 'Very Cautiously Decided' To Offer 'Enhanced Experiences' To Fans On Tour

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LARS ULRICH Says METALLICA 'Very Cautiously Decided' To Offer 'Enhanced Experiences' To Fans On Tour

Post by capman » June 20th, 2017, 12:41 pm

Yeah CAUTIOUSLY at $2500 a pop....

"Widely considered to be one of the most fan-friendly bands in popular music, METALLICA recently began offering "enhanced-experience options" designed to provide super-fans with a wide array of unique experiences at concerts and events around the globe.

According to Rolling Stone, the opening show of the North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland saw a dozen or so fans pay $2,499 each for the opportunity to get a photo with the band and autographs and ask the musicians whatever is on their mind. They also got access to the "Memory Remains" exhibit of memorabilia, a mini traveling Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that shows off the group's clothes, handwritten lyrics, original album art for "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets", cassette collections and actual instruments.

"We very cautiously decided to do experiences," METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone. " We spent a lot of time seeing what everybody was else doing. 'What's BLACK SABBATH doing? What's GUNS N' ROSES doing? What happens in the pop world?' It felt foreign to us and, dare I say, a little hokey. So we just had to sort of get to a place where we would get comfortable with that."

Paid meet-and-greets are becoming staples of the touring circuit and are seen by some artists as a necessary evil to survive nowadays. Other musicians object to meet-and-greets on moral grounds, believing they favor richer fans over poorer ones. Similarly, many people view the fact that groups charge fans to meet them as completely exploitative, since artists are usually aware that young admirers are prepared to pay any amount of money to see their favorite band, sometimes at their parents' expense.

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted called the paid-meet-and-greet practice "bullshit" in a 2012 interview. He explained: "My guys had been talking to me about doing those things, and they talk about KISS making money for this meet-and-greet. People will pay it, but that's not the point. I don't want to take money like that. If they want to buy a t-shirt and have something to show for it, that's what we do. You can't download a t-shirt.

"There are certain things that make sense to me. I have never charged for my autograph up until web site. That is my first time in my thirty-year career that I have charged for my autograph, and I have signed for hundreds of thousands of people.

"I don't feel comfortable with charging people to meet me; I don't feel comfortable with charging people to get me to sign something when they are standing with me. If they buy it off the Internet and want an 8x10 or an autograph CD, they have that momentum. That's fine, but I'm not going to charge people to meet me. I just don't feel that's right. I'll pay to meet one of my old sports heroes, or something like one of the cats from the 1970s Orioles. I'll pay a couple of bucks for something, but I'm not going to pay for Gene Simmons. It's ridiculous; that's not what it's about."


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Re: LARS ULRICH Says METALLICA 'Very Cautiously Decided' To Offer 'Enhanced Experiences' To Fans On Tour

Post by jorgerr96 » June 20th, 2017, 2:39 pm

From what I hear, it's a better experience than many out there. Metallica isn't KISS, they are relevant and selling out stadiums and not casinos, so the $2500 is ok for them. Black Sabbath were $1500 and that really wasn't that great of a M&G. Aerosmith at $1250 was a good one imho.
Band spends around 35-40 mins with the purchasers just chatting and they get the photo with the band. One personal item can be signed. Snakepit wristband included or you can go their viewing platform which I believe is near the sound towers.
I wish I got one, but it was advertised as a "group photo" with 12 people on it so I passed on it.Once it changed for Mexico I got way pissed..pretty sure I've spend a ton on the 6 shows I've done so far and I'm missing 2 more in California.

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Post by jorgerr96 » June 20th, 2017, 2:41 pm

Not to mention they pretty much had to offer one due to signing a 360 with Live Nation.
Hoping they tour nearby for the Fall 2018 tour so I can get one of those packages. I really want one of those so bad since I've lost like 13 Fan Club contests already.

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Post by class316 » June 20th, 2017, 2:41 pm

Wish Jason Newsted would tour and do well priced m&gs. I still need him.
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Post by heelorton79 » June 20th, 2017, 6:12 pm

Fan friendly??? Ha! It is more probable that Hetfield doesn't even like his fans, as he would rather take photos with people who can't tell the difference between Metallica and Megadeth.


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Post by capman » June 20th, 2017, 9:57 pm

The pictures and things I have been seeing have been positive with them, but was still a risk based on the group photo ( which was so silly to begin with). I saw some guy rack Lars, Robert and Kirk. James, as promised, did one. I'll stick with KISS and Journey. ( I'd consider STYX if they signed).


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