I discovered Sixx:AM around eight years ago when they played my city at Crue Fest. I immediately fell in love with the music, and I avidly enthused about them at any given opportunity. It was my dream to see them play live again, and hopefully meet the band someday. For eight years I waited, and finally they came to my city! I was over the moon, and I immediately secured tickets and the VIP Meet & Greet package. I mean, I was so excited that everyone who knew me was excited for me as well.
The package was $500, it included sound check access, a meet & greet, a Q&A session, a personal picture with the band, an autographed set list and more. This is like a trip to heaven for someone like me, it was completely worth the money. I had waited, like I said eight excruciatingly long years.
What I got instead was a canvas bag with a poster, some guitar picks and the same damn CD I bought the day it came out (of which every lyric and note was committed to memory) and a thirty second picture with the guys that I was advised to be quick with. I was in the same room as the band for less than five minutes. I was told that if I hung along the side wall watching the other pictures I would upset the band. so I was escorted out.
No sound check, no Q&A, no meet & greet, and no autographed set list. And no explanation. In fact, people that had brought personal items to be autographed were instructed to turn the items in when we arrived and the band would sign them at a separate location. They would be returned to them at the doors. I don't even know if the band signed them at all.
Now, I loved Sixx:AM, LOVED them, but I have very strong feelings about being taken advantage of. And I have another very real problem with people who falsely advertise, and take your money without fulfilling their end. So I broke up with them, I don't like fake people, and I don't support bands that don't appreciate their fans. Without us, they would be nothing.
I lodged a complaint with the promotional company that sells the VIP tickets, and I also wrote a heartfelt message to the band which I sent to them via Facebook Messenger. The advertising, and the links to buy the package were on the band's own website. Maybe the band doesn't even know what their website advertises, but they should. They are grown men, and Nikki was smart enough to drive Motley Crue for all those years. Maybe they just expect us to be happy they showed up for pictures at all, but for $500 I expected what they sold me. Clearly I have not received a response, I don't really expect one. I am sure they don't care about one less fan.
Breaking up with your favorite band can be as painful as breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend. So, I am documenting my breakup with Sixx:AM on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Feel free to follow, and if you have been taken advantage of by a band, post it, tell me. Don't take it quietly. They are not Gods no matter what they choose to believe. Integrity is everything. They get away with things like this because we allow them to. They broke my heart, and crushed my dream. They didn't even ask my name.
But, I got a $500 picture. Or was that $100 a minute.....