It was a dream for boy-band fans: New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boys II Men, together again on stage.
But, for some fans, that dream turned to disappointment at the VIP party afterward.
"For the money, it was not worth it," said Malia Cerfaratti, who has been a fan since she was a little girl in the 80s.
She and 200 other fans paid an extra $150 to get into the after-party, which New Kid Donny Wahlberg hinted would give fans special access.
"You are going straight to the after-party – straight backstage – to party with me every single night," Wahlberg said in a YouTube video posted by the band.
"I watched the promo on YouTube," Cerfaratti said. "It made it look like it was going to be very exciting, very interactive, for $150. I thought it would be worth it."
No Party with the Band
But Cerfaratti said she had to wait in line for an hour for a quick group photo with the band and then was immediately ushered away from them.
"Once you got in there, you were rushed out and onto the next person," she said.
She said she never got to shake hands or speak with any of the New Kids. They spent most of the party in a private room, she said.
"If you looked through the glass you could see, across the way, a room with their own party going on," Cerfaratti said.
Another fan, Dede Kruse complained by email, saying: "a couple of the New Kids stayed less than 10 minutes. Then 90 minutes of DJ dance music, but no celebrities."
Live Nation, which sold the after-party tickets, told us it's up to the band how long they stay. Band members, under their contract, are only required to show up, which they did.
The Bottom Line
The lesson here: Don’t expect to spend an hour hanging out with any band after a concert if you splurge for this kind of pass.
My advice? If you’re good with a picture and a handshake, then this kind of pass is worth buying. But, it’s a lot of extra money for just that.
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