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Are Summer’s Biggest Tour VIP Packages Worth It?

All deluxe concert “experiences” are not created equal. Which give you the most bang for your buck?

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For those willing to shell out extra dough, purchasing a VIP package to accompany your ticket to some of this summer's hottest tours can either be a waste of money or an investment in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. From photos to exclusive merch to spending quality time with your favorite stars, here's a breakdown of some of the summer's biggest VIP packages and our take on whether or not they're worth the cash.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Ozzy Osbourne performs with Black Sabbath onstage at Madison Square Garden on February 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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Black Sabbath

Price: Ultimate Experience Package, $2,500

Includes: A reserved front-row seat and the chance to watch the band's soundcheck; a photo with Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi; you'll get to go into Ozzy's dressing room and ask him whatever you want; a pre-show reception with an open bar; an "on-site VIP host"

Experts Say: "There's a market of people willing to pay for a greater experience than just going to a show," says Dennis Arfa, agent for Metallica, Rod Stewart and Billy Joel. "People want to buy into a party. This is a good package – it's basically one step below having a drink with Ozzy."

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Guns N’ Roses

Price: Welcome to the Jungle Pit Experience, $1,750

Includes: A spot in the general-admission pit, right in front of the stage; a backstage tour and the chance to ask questions
 to "select members of the GN'R crew"; access to the Paradise City backstage lounge; a party area with a photo booth and the chance to play in a GN'R trivia contest; an onstage photo before the show

Experts Say: "There's clearly no access to the band," says David Viecelli, agent for Arcade Fire, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and more. "I'd say it's not worth the money. I feel for the crew who have to put up with this nonsense. I'm imagining the production manager: 'I gotta do what? Fuck me.'"

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Drake performs on day 1 of the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

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Price: 6 God Meet and Greet Package, $1,000

Includes: Ticket in the first five rows; professionally taken photo with Drake; 6 God candle; 6 God incense holder; 6 God custom disposable camera; 6 God picture frame; 6 God foam hand; Summer Sixteen pins; Summer Sixteen patches; Summer Sixteen car freshener; Summer Sixteen "floaty pen"; Summer Sixteen bag

Experts Say: "That sounds like a lot of goofy cheap stuff that I think people are meant to ascribe a higher value to than [they] really should be," Viecelli says of the package. "The whole value is you theoretically get to stand next to Drake and prove it, and you get a really good seat. The rest of it seems like a lot of fluff. I guess it would mean something to a real fanatical fan."

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