Why Do Bands Treat Their Fans Like Shit?

Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I run a used media store. Today a guy came in with a poster signed by Corey, Chris & Clown of Slipknot. He wanted to sell it. I explained that rock autographs aren't worth anything because they are so easy to forge. I told him that he should keep it as personal memorabilia. Then he told me his story. He paid $20 for the little 11x17" "poster". He waited outside in freezing weather for 45 minutes to meet 3 random band members. When he got to the autograph table he was not allowed to talk to the guys or take any pictures. The three members scribbled their autographs for him and he was rushed back outside. He was so fed up that he said he doesn't want anything to do with Slipknot anymore and he gave me the poster. He said he was going to throw it away otherwise. WTF? The fans are what make these bands successful. Does KoЯn treat their fans like this? I've heard mixed stories. They were great to me but I was with radio station people. Any thoughts on this?
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  1. Re: Why Do Bands Treat Their Fans Like Shit?

    Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Never met KoRn in my life but I hope that one day it could be possible, it's like dream, aha...

    So, the others few bands I've met were really awewome, Sonny from POD is a really cool guy, Fred of LB (yep he's cool ^^), guys from Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Edguy (Tobbias is really cool), Within Temptation, Gojira and Sepultura too... Never been desapointed.
    "Living a life that seems to be... A lost reality..."

  2. Re: Why Do Bands Treat Their Fans Like Shit?

    Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I remember at Family Values 2006, I stood in line to wait for a Stone Sour signing. The band was friendly especially Corey and Jim but, their handlers were rude. I can see why he was upset.

    I heard some stories about Korn back when I was in high school. However, when I met them they all were very nice.
    Does it make me bad??

  3. Re: Why Do Bands Treat Their Fans Like Shit?

    Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    The $20 that guy paid was probably for the Slipknot fan club OT9. I joined for a year primarily for pre-sale access. For their fanclub I got an early entry pass for all their headlining shows, a DVD, patches and the aforementioned 11X7 pic. They offered meet and greets through a draw for those who bought tickets to their shows. All I had to do to get backstage passes was post in their forum what show I was going to. I thought they treated their fans well, sure as hell didnt have to wait outside in the cold.

    For their meet n greet they gave away band swag, autographs, took pics with their fans and posted em on their site. The guys were cool but as with any touring band they were pressed for time. After the meet n greet they went straight to the stage. Also seen them in early 2000 on their club tour, the guys in Slipknot were hanging out moving around freely without masks LOL not many people bothered em for autographs then, "whose that guy?" hahaha.

    On a related note, Was at the KoRn meet n greet in Detroit the other night. It was running a little late but they held the doors as the guys spent some time with their fans and radio station contest winners. Got to hear em soundcheck and hangout. Autographs n pics. Had a blast at that show.

    EDIT; Should also be noted that on Festivals or co-headlining with other large bands, most groups have little say or control over how meet n greets take place. Sometimes not at all if the co-headliners have a hissy fit (Slayer wanted meet n greets for their fanclub but a certain..Charles Monroe couldnt be bothered with people backstage).

  4. Re: Why Do Bands Treat Their Fans Like Shit?

    Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I like going to the big festivals where they have the free meet & greets where they end up giving you a free glossy 8x10 and the band will sign it (it's always the special guests and never the headliners) the first one I ever knew of that was going on was a KoRn one, though.