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GUIDE: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:49:37 PM »

EDIT 26 August 2016 - both GUIDES need minor updating. -len

seems every few months, one of us writes these words,
so now we can just bump this thread, link to it, and improve it over time


always, Always, ALWAYS assume there will be a signing

a+b both love doing signings
i have seen them both do them for over an hour,
after doing a full set, and both ill with the flu.
seems to energize them

there are very rare occasions,
when travel schedules don't allow a signing
ask around, if in doubt

"formal" signings?
well, signings are  sometimes announced from the stage
and sometimes, the venue's bounchers (aka secuirty) just line up people
and kick everyone else out
(bounchers are people, have a hard job,
  and there is usually some employee who is waiting to sweep and mop the floor,
  so give them a little understanding)

sometime, just what is allowed for a signing is part of the contract

advice?
stay near the stage door
(the door between the hall, where you all heard the concert and the stage)
tell the bounchers you have sometime you want a +/or b to sign
(if they don't see any merch,
 just show them your belly)

if it's your first time, and probably your only time,
and no signing, and they kick you out
see the P.S. @ the end
the rest of you can skip the P.S.
(well, beth sezs something relevant ; - )

if it's a solo show,
and the other comes,
the other often hang out near the merch table,
or @ a corner table
or @ the end of the bar ...
just have a good look around!

LAST PIECE OF ADVICE
come before doors,
and enter @ doors
both a+b occasionally come outside the venue and walk the line
(though i have yet to hear them hum any johnny cash while doing so)
both a+b occasionally come out into the hall and mingle before the opener
and the rest of the fans are beyond cool to hang out with

thanks len

this is basically the total run-down. len is a wise man.

i always try to sign after every show but there are definitely situations where it is impossible.
sometimes the bus has to drive asafp after the show to get to the next one.

sometimes we really have to improvise...for instance, i'll play a club where there's a dance party directly after the show and they will
not only want us the fuck out of the venue but there will be awful lighting and terrible OONCE OONCE OONCE eurotrash music.
but usually i'm like fuck it let's just sign in the corner and deal. so if you're one of those lucky folks on that night, know that i did not choose the music.
in brighton, we signed in the freezing rain because the venue fucking kicked us out. but people brought blankets. and cake. so it was ok.

i will almost always sign something if you're waiting outside the venue when i leave.
if i don't, it's because i'm really tired, or sick, but this has only happened a few times in my life.

P.S. if you're not a first timer, and probably only timer,
just go on to the next thread

if you're not a first timer, and probably only timer,
just go home if there is no signing

ok, you're a first timer, and probably an only timer:

i know some of you travel hundreds, and sometimes thousands of miles,
and a few of you may only be able to catch a +/or b once,
the rest of us, be considerate of a+b, their team, and the venue

look for the stage door at the back of the venue
(not all venues have back doors ; - },
 in which case wait by the front door)
and/or the tour bus

Please remember that the touring party LIVES on the tour bus.  It is our home.  Please in those circumstances be polite and brief, because everyone is very, very tired at that point.

I understand if you've come a very long way that you REALLY want to meet the band, but please always try to respect the human-ness of Amanda and Brian and the crew.

Getting between a tired merch girl and her tour bus can be a very dangerous choice.  ;)

Please PM me or post suggestions for improvements on this post.
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Re: will there be a singing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2009, 03:40:37 AM »

Yes, Virginia, there will be singing.
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Re: will there be a singing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2009, 05:46:55 AM »

im going to my first concert in feb and this is great information for me. thanks  :)

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2009, 06:04:42 AM »

*note that Kennys contribution is refering to the typo in the subject title
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Re: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2009, 10:56:35 PM »

*note that Kennys contribution is refering to the typo in the subject title

what typo in the first line?
(ok, i just fixed it
   for those new to our insanity,
   i'm well known to have sloppy typing fingers)


also made a few small changes to the first post
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Re: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 12:09:58 AM »

advice?
stay near the stage door
tell the bounchers you have sometime to sign
if it's your first time,
i know some of you travel hundreds, and sometimes thousands of miles,
  and a few of you may only be able to catch a +/or b once,
  the rest of us, be considertate of a+b, their team, and the venue)

and no signing, and they kick you out
look for the stage door at the back of the venue
(not all venues have back doors ; - )
and/or the tour bus

I like Len's side note. 

Please remember that the touring party LIVES on the tour bus.  It is our home.  Please in those circumstances be polite and brief, because everyone is very, very tired at that point.

I understand if you've come a very long way that you REALLY want to meet the band, but please always try to respect the human-ness of Amanda and Brian and the crew.

Getting between a tired merch girl and her tour bus can be a very dangerous choice.  ;)
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Re: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009, 12:42:21 AM »

let me say this even clearer,
if you have meet a + b before,
leave the tour bus along
and don't stalk the venue after the show

Getting between a tired merch girl and her tour bus can be a very dangerous choice.  ;)

they know zillions of ways to bound and gag you with merch
and leave you in the nearest dumpster

who would want a fate like that?

hmm,  yeah quite a few of you  ; -  }
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Re: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009, 01:06:54 AM »

thanks len

this is basically the total run-down. len is a wise man.

i always try to sign after every show but there are definitely situations where it is impossible.
sometimes the bus has to drive asafp after the show to get to the next one.

sometimes we really have to improvise...for instance, i'll play a club where there's a dance party directly after the show and they will
not only want us the fuck out of the venue but there will be awful lighting and terrible OONCE OONCE OONCE eurotrash music.
but usually i'm like fuck it let's just sign in the corner and deal. so if you're one of those lucky folks on that night, know that i did not choose the music.
in brighton, we signed in the freezing rain because the venue fucking kicked us out. but people brought blankets. and cake. so it was ok.

i will almost always sign something if you're waiting outside the venue when i leave.
if i don't, it's because i'm really tired, or sick, but this has only happened a few times in my life.



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Re: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009, 04:36:19 AM »



len is a wise man.



Sorry, in advance.   :)

In my defence Len DID post this on the epiphany...

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Re: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009, 01:17:50 PM »

...i will almost always sign something if you're waiting outside the venue when i leave.
if i don't, it's because i'm really tired, or sick, but this has only happened a few times in my life.

I can verify that I've been there while she is signing shit while I was selling cd/dvd to the line.  She was busting up.

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Re: will there be a signing ? (aka meet-n-greet)
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2009, 04:36:37 PM »



len is a wise man.



Sorry, in advance.   :)

In my defence Len DID post this on the epiphany...



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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2009, 04:40:05 PM »



of course,
a more accomplished collagist
would have found a 2nd and 3rd image of me
repetition (even with distortion) is so passe
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2009, 11:30:23 PM »

i just added amanda's quote to the first post in this thread,
tweaked,
and reordered it some

no real new info

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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 04:27:37 AM »

i just added amanda's quote to the first post in this thread,
tweaked,
and reordered it some

no real new info

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Len, i think the P.S bit added shouldn't have the first not in bold and should be if you are a first timer. Other than that, amazing post.
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