Monty Python’s Meet and Greet just a Q and A

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As more fans discover the discrepancy of July 1st Meet and Greet and the inadequate response from AXS and Ticket Zone, I have decided to reblog this post. It details the false advertising used to promote a Meet and Greet which cost 496 sterling and delivered a question and answer session, which according to later attendees, got progressively worse.

Originally posted on Breise! Breise! Extra! Extra!:

In what was originally billed as a Meet and Greet, including a group photo by a professional photographer, attendees of the July 3rd, 4th and 5th Monty Python Live (Mostly) Meet and Greet were left feeling like John Cleese in the Dead Parrot sketch, dissatisfied, to say the least.

Instead of actually meeting and greeting Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Eric Idle, attendees who paid a premium price of 496 pounds sterling, approximately $700, got to take their photos from afar.

 Eve    @evelienh   How not to do a Meet & Greet. £500 for a Q&A is not worth it, sorry.  5:59 AM - 5 Jul 2014


Eve @evelienh
How not to do a Meet & Greet. £500 for a Q&A is not worth it, sorry.
5:59 AM – 5 Jul 2014

The original Meet and Greet Package promised a lot more than what was delivered. Just days before attending the event, participants…

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But this is not how you do a meet and greet:

Eve    @evelienh   How not to do a Meet & Greet. £500 for a Q&A is not worth it, sorry.  5:59 AM - 5 Jul 2014

Eve @evelienh
How not to do a Meet & Greet. £500 for a Q&A is not worth it, sorry.
5:59 AM – 5 Jul 2014

Monty Python’s Meet and Greet just a Q and A

In what was originally billed as a Meet and Greet, including a group photo by a professional photographer, attendees of the July 3rd, 4th and 5th Monty Python Live (Mostly) Meet and Greet were left feeling like John Cleese in the Dead Parrot sketch, dissatisfied, to say the least.

Instead of actually meeting and greeting Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Eric Idle, attendees who paid a premium price of 496 pounds sterling, approximately $700, got to take their photos from afar.

 Eve    @evelienh   How not to do a Meet & Greet. £500 for a Q&A is not worth it, sorry.  5:59 AM - 5 Jul 2014


Eve @evelienh
How not to do a Meet & Greet. £500 for a Q&A is not worth it, sorry.
5:59 AM – 5 Jul 2014

The original Meet and Greet Package promised a lot more than what was delivered. Just days before attending the event, participants received an email stating that the format had changed. The group photo promised at the end of the email never took place, attendees stood and listened to others ask questions whilst the Monty Python members sat on stage, far removed from the crowd and flanked by security men.

Many disappointed fans took to Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to connect with others who felt the change of format to the meet and greet was unfair. This resulted with a Facebook group page where disappointed fans shared their experiences and attempts at having the issue resolved.

In an email received a couple of days before the July 3, 4 and 5 Meet and Greet, participants were informed of the change but were not offered the opportunity to cancel and receive their money back.

Dear ___________,

This email details the VIP Meet & Greet arrangements we have put in place for you on the evening that you are attending the Monty Pythons show at the O2 Arena on 05-July.

After the show has ended please promptly make your way to the Building 6 which is located in The Avenue, opposite Brooklyn Bowl. Please take your event ticket/s with you as these are required to gain entry to the Meet & Greet area.

Upon arrival you will be greeted by an O2 representative and issued with drink tokens and a selection of merchandise items.

Please note we cannot guarantee that all the Pythons will be present at every Meet & Greet session.

Cameras are permitted in the Meet & Greet area however due to time constraints it will not be possible to have individual photos taken with the Pythons or for items to be signed by them. We will be arranging for official group photos to be taken by a top professional photographer which you will then be able to download from the internet.

We look forward to seeing you after the show.

kind regards,

The AXS Team

At the opening night’s Meet and Greet Getty Images took photos of fans shaking hands  and posing in group photos with the Monty Python Group.

Meet and Greet on July 1 (Image via Getty Images)

Meet and Greet on July 1 (Image via Getty Images)

Fans shaking hands and actually meeting Monty Python members at the July 1st Meet and Greet (Image source Getty Images)

Fans shaking hands and actually meeting Monty Python members at the July 1st Meet and Greet (Image source Getty Images)

The following video was posted on Youtube showing the difference between the opening night’s meet and greet and those that followed.

and here is the Q&A experience.

Though disappointed fans made an attempt to resolve the issue with the promoter and the Customer Service Office at the London O2 arena no one was satisfied by the response they received:

M&G Email

Though the show was wonderful, the Meet and Greet rip-off has left fans like myself wondering if it was all worth it. To date O2 has not responded to my own email.

Original O2 Ticket for 495 =1 sterling promising a "Meet and Greet."

Original O2 Ticket for 495 =1 sterling promising a “Meet and Greet.”

I received an email response from O2′s customer service rep, Sarah, today.

First Page O2 Customer Service email 2nd Page O2 Customer Service email Last Page O2 Customer Serivce email

The discrepancy lies in what the O2 AXS promised ticket buyers to the Meet and Greet package and what they are now telling customers in replies to complaint emails.

 

However, in an article on April 14, The Irish Mirror ran a competition to meet and greet the Pythons. Here’s what they promised would happen in the meet and greet,

““Meet & greets will take place after the show in a dedicated meet & greet room, includes live band, 2 drinks per person, at least 3 Pythons in attendance for photo opportunity and signing of winner’s show programme (winner to purchase), plus Python merchandise. There is no food or other hospitality included. Meet & greet places are non-transferable, no whole/part cash alternatives.”

Here is my email. I will repeat again and again, THE SHOW WAS GREAT AND WELL WORTH THE MONEY but the meet and greet was a costly Q&A and the email regarding changes was deliberately vague. Had I been informed accurately of precise changes I would have not attended and requested a refund.  And dammit there are typos – too late!

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Another fan who won the meet and greet tickets posted on twitter:

Imagine that, this person won the meet and greet package, paid nothing to attend it, and they are still disappointed? How should I feel after parting with 3 X 496 pounds sterling?

On July 3rd the Monty Python Facebook page advertised an Amazon.com.uk competition which assured winners of meeting the members of Monty Python in person backstage after the show.

“Would you like to see one of the greatest comedy acts of all time perform live in the O2 Arena, London? We are celebrating the glorious return of Monty Python by offering the chance for you and a friend to watch “Monty Python Live (mostly)” at the O2 next month, then head backstage to meet The Pythons in person after the show.”

So, even as late as July 3rd it was still being billed as a meet and greet and attendees were being promised meeting in person with the group. The Q&A sessions commenced in lieu of the Meet and Greet on July 2nd. No one met the group in person from July 2nd on.

Monty Python’s Meet and Greet is just Q&A-Not worth the money

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M&G Email

Email Complaint regarding Meet and Greet rip-off at #MontyPythonLive (Mostly) July 5th

Members of Monty Python at the "Meet and Greet" after the O2 show Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 5th. (Picture by Loretto Leary)

Members of Monty Python at the “Meet and Greet”-More Q&A- after the O2 show Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 5th. (Picture by Loretto Leary)

If you were one of the people who was ripped off by a meet and greet promise at the Monty Python Live (Mostly) shows please read and feel free to copy and paste the email below, which I have sent to Phil McIntyre (promoter) and O2 AXS. The contact information for both are below the email.

Dear Sir or Madame,

My husband, son and I attended the July 5th performance of Monty Python Live (Mostly) at the O2 arena. We bought the tickets through your website and paid 496 Pounds Sterling each to attend the show and the Meet and Greet.
Two days before we left the US we were informed by email that the meet and greet would not happen before the show, as originally billed, but after. Not alone that but we were also informed that it was possible not all of the Pythons would be there. In addition we were informed that we would not be permitted to take pictures with the members of Monty Python.
When we did attend the meet and greet one of the members of the audience asked if she could get her picture taken with the group and the MC for the evening told us that if they did that for her they would have to do it for everyone, which was, in fact, what we all paid the 496 pounds sterling for! The meet and greet was no more than a 15-20 minute question and answer session. We were gifted a book, t-shirt and a mug as well as given a free drink, but the package we were given was absolutely not as advertised originally.
Later we learned that attendees of the meet and greet at the first couple of shows had professional group shots taken with the Monty Python group, some attendees took individual pictures with Monty Python members, people were in a receiving line to shake hands with and chat to the members of Monty Python- their experience was a true Meet and Greet. We were charged the same price as those attendees and we got far less. -Why?
I have attended special dates of Broadway plays where the Q&A was part of the ticket price, and the actors remained on stage longer. The Monty Python members were hustled off the stage after answering approximately 10-12 questions and no one was allowed to get their picture taken by a professional photographer with the group. We took a few photos of the group on stage, that was it.
I feel totally ripped off and will be sending a copy of this email to the promoter as well as to BBC Watchdog. I would like a refund for all three tickets we paid for. I didn’t fly from New York to London to take a photo of Monty Python, I did it because we paid for and were promised a professional group photo with the group.
Please respond in the manner with which I parted with 1,498 pounds sterling- SWIFTLY!
Loretto Leary
for $96 pounds sterling, Meet and Greet attendees received a T-shirt, a mug, and a book. The larger program cost extra. (Meet and Greet package items for Monty Python Live (Mostly) attendees picture by Loretto Leary)

for 496 pounds sterling, Meet and Greet attendees received a T-shirt, a mug, and a book. The larger program cost extra. (Meet and Greet package items for Monty Python Live (Mostly) attendees picture by Loretto Leary)

O2 AXS Contact Information

By Email:
support@AXS.com 

By Web form:
Visit support.AXS.com and click ‘Submit A Request’ near the top! 

By Phone:
1-888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849)

925-357-4228 (for calls outside of the US and Canada)

Guest Services Team Hours:
Monday – Sunday 9am – 11pm EST

CONTACT Information for Phil McIntyre Entertainments

Phil McIntyre Entertainments, 3rd Floor, 85 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EU T: 020 7291 9000 F: 020 7291 9001 E: info@mcintyre-ents.com

Review of Monty Python Live (Mostly) and Meet and Greet

Members of Monty Python at the "Meet and Greet" after the O2 show Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 5th. (Picture by Loretto Leary)

Members of Monty Python at the “Meet and Greet” after the O2 show Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 5th. (Picture by Loretto Leary)

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to find most of the jokes, songs and skits of the Monty Python Live (Mostly) performance at the O2 arena in London funny.

True fans, like myself, will laugh heartily at what we have now heard at least fifty times if not more.

I own Monty Python Sings, actually I bought it twice: on cassette and later on CD. I own all the Monty Python’s Flying Circus shows on DVD and all of their movies. Not alone that, but I also bought all of Michael Palin’s Travels on DVD, Terry Jones’ history DVD’s and John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers, in addition to A Fish Called Wanda. I have their official biography as well as unofficial stuff.

Am I an uber fan? Yes and no. I didn’t attend the July 5th performance dressed as a Lumberjack or Gumby. But I was willing to pay 496 pounds to attend the performance, three rows from the front, and the “Meet and Greet.”

Closing scene of Monty Python Live (Mostly) at the July 5th performance at the O2 Arena in London (Picture by Loretto Leary)

Closing scene of Monty Python Live (Mostly) at the July 5th performance at the O2 Arena in London (Picture by Loretto Leary)

Now to be very fair about it, I like to attend Broadway plays and am willing to pay top dollar for top plays, such as All the Way with Bryan Cranston. So, being a big fan of Monty Python I am willing to pay at least 200 pounds sterling, that’s about $300, to attend the show. And it was worth every penny.

However, the meet and greet package was 496 pounds sterling. That’s a lot of money. But, for big time fans, if you “meet and greet” the individual members of Monty Python then it is worth it. Unfortunately the format for the meet and greet changed. I was informed by email two days before the performance. I would not have paid extra for the meet and greet had it been advertised accurately.

When I attended the show on Saturday July 5th the meet and greet was after the show, not before as originally advertised. Instead of a meet and greet it was now a question and answer session. Paying 496 sterling, regardless of the one free drink offered, was way too much money.

for $96 pounds sterling, Meet and Greet attendees received a T-shirt, a mug, and a book. The larger program cost extra. (Meet and Greet package items for Monty Python Live (Mostly) attendees picture by Loretto Leary)

for 496 pounds sterling, Meet and Greet attendees received a T-shirt, a mug, and a book. The larger program cost extra. (Meet and Greet package items for Monty Python Live (Mostly) attendees picture by Loretto Leary)

Each meet and greet guest was gifted a book, a mug and a T-shirt. At the performance I also bought a program of sorts for over 10 sterling, I think, maybe even more!

So, for my very quick review I would say that the performance itself was well worth the money, especially if you are a fan. But the meet and greet was over-priced and disappointing.

For a more detailed review please stay tuned! I’ll be posting one here later on and also on Page, Stage and Screen with more pictures and videos.

The Hall and Oates Hall of Fame

Shoulder PadsI was born in May of 1969…you do the math, but I am a child of the 80′s. I loved, and still love, everything about the 80′s. Few decades since have been as definitive in style, music, hairdos, and of course, leg-warmers or ra-ra skirts.

If you haven’t got a clue or a “bull’s notion” what I am on about, then you’re probably a child of the 90′s or even worse, the 2000′s.  I’m sorry for your troubles.

Style was happening back in the 80”s. In the 90′s and beyond we tried to reinvent old stuff, but it was never the same. The 80′s are now iconic. Apart from Apple’s iTunes and iPad, there’s very little that defines the 90′s and 2000′s. Unless you want to talk wars? I’d prefer not.

Let’s take a gander down memory lane here for a minute. Just a few reminders of what the 80′s were all about.

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No band better embodies what the 80′s were all about  more than Daryl Hall and John Oates.

The hair was, and still is fab, and when I watch the videos of Family Man and I Can’t Go For That I am totally jealous of Daryl Hall’s hair, not to mention the shoulder pads! *Swoon* Would you look at that gorgeous mane!

Recent inductees into the Rock and Roll hall of fame, Hall and Oates are still jamming, and selling out in their tour of Europe. Standing room only at their Glasgow concert, I checked.

Daryl Hall, more than just a pretty face, even hopped the internet bandwagon to showcase his music along with other known artists in his free internet podcast, Live From Daryl’s House. There’s smarts behind those good looks too.

Picture Source Popdose.com

Picture Source Popdose.com

John Oates has managed to scrape off the caterpillar beneath his nose, and the stache seems to have taken on a life of its own. What other artist can claim former ownership of J-stache? No one, that’s who, only Oates owns J-stache.

Both lads are brilliant musicians, great voices, and actually seem to enjoy their friendship after nearly fifty years. It may have taken some time to evolve but they both seem to be good natured enough to look back on their iconic selves of the 80′s with humor. The suits, hair and music of Daryl Hall and John Oates are definitive of the 80′s, of MTV’s early days, and the birth of the music video. Nothing wrong with that! Pioneers, that’s what these boyos are.

A Rara skirt and leg warmers. Yes, I wore them. And Proud of it! (Image source: Sandroy.com)

A Rara skirt and leg warmers. Yes, I wore them. And Proud of it! (Image source: Sandroy.com)

And if you’re still scratching your head wondering what the heck a rara skirt and leg warmers are, well scratch no more.

The 80′s, the happy days of Hall and Oates, rara skirts and legwarmers, shoulder pads, big hair and great music.

Beat that 90′s and 2000′s!