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The VIP Extras for the Guns ‘N Roses Are…Bullshit. There’s No Other Word for It.

When Guns ‘N Roses plays their first reunion shows in Las Vegas in April, tickets for the plebes sold for $80. But this being Vegas–and this being GnR–there are plenty of, er, special ticket packages one can buy.

If you have $2,500, you get the following (via Metal Injection):

  • One ticket in the first 10 rows of seating, guaranteed (more on this below)
  • “Essential Guns N’ Roses VIP Gift Bag,” including special merchandise and a commemorative VIP laminate and matching lanyard.
  • A signed, numbered, limited edition poster
  • A photo on stage before the show
  • A backstage tour
  • Pre-show cocktails
  • Access to a VIP hospitality lounge
  • A dinner buffet and drinks
  • Various prizes, ability to shop for more merch and other “perks.”

What’s missing from the above list? A meet’n’greet with the band. You’d think that for $2.5K that you’d get at least a Slash handshake, right? And it gets better. Checking the seating map, your “tickets in the first 10 rows of seating” will actually be behind the general admission mosh pit. That means plebes will be standing in front of you for the whole gig.

Wow. First we only get 60% of Guns ‘N Roses. Now the extent of the greed is starting to become apparently.

Alan Cross

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One thought on “The VIP Extras for the Guns ‘N Roses Are…Bullshit. There’s No Other Word for It.

  • Garth Brooks charges $3500 with no meet & greet, why don’t you go whine about him for a while? Less than a month ago you were advertising $3500 for 20-yr-old concert ticket…I smell…hmmm, bias?


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