|THE OFFICIAL||FAN SERVICE:|
NO INFO & NOT ACTIVE|
Now, there are four types of Def Leppard fans. Let's say they all wrote a letter to Rock Squad and asked for a membership application form:
Unfortunately (?), Rock Squad doesn't exist anymore so nothing can be done about it. No action can be taken against an organization that doesn't exist. But there's more to the story. Read on....
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In 1996 Rock Squad stopped and became defunct. A new fan club was in the making. I believe (though I can not prove it) that Rock Squad changed to another fan club due to legal reasons -- no one would be able to sue Rock Squad or take action anymore since Rock Squad didn't exist anymore.
In 1996, lots of fans got a letter. Who? Well, all the people that were in Rock Squad's database. About everyone who belonged to the groups mentioned in the previous part of this story. Let's assume that it's everyone who ever contacted Rock Squad.
This letter promises a lot to future members. An introductary letter, a set of merchandise vouchers, six 8" x 8" photos, a Christmas card, a membership pass, the opportunity to order Def Leppard memorabilia, a poster, 4 issues of the full color magazine "Def Zone", monthly bulletins called "In Touch" and access to merchandise. They also tell about their plans for an official Info Active website. Anyways, to subscribe, they wanted the following information:
Some fans actually got something. Most of 'em didn't. Was Info Active screwing
up again? Watch this. Info Active claims the following:
Another detail. What about this statement from Info Active (from The Def Leppard FAQ):
"Some fans who wrote to the Rock Squad state that they never even got an application form from the Squad. This could be correct. When the band decided to close the Rock Squad, they tried to sent every person on file free colour mags and another membership pack. Since it was closing down, sending out application forms was pointless. This would just have compounded any problems and hindered the closing of the club. All the letters were saved and Rock Squad were asked to pass them over to a new organisation, Info Active, when they closed in July 1996. These fans were then sent Info Active forms."
Nice try. Sending application forms is step one, our compliments. But we want more than that. We don't want an explanation why it took so long before we got application forms, we want an explanation why it takes so long before the application forms are actually processed.
Final detail: Rock Squad was run by a "friend" of the band (especially Joe), called JOHN BURKE. Info Active is run by that same guy. Coincidence? Think again. Read on.....
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In 1992, Joe was confronted on MTV Europe with the problems with Rock Squad. He then said it was indeed going the wrong way and he mentioned a "downward spiral", but that Rock Squad would get their things together in the near future.
I've heard stories that nowadays, Joe gets annoyed when you talk to him about the Info Active problems. I've heard he once said "I'm sick of those fans who complain to ME! It's not MY fault!". I've heard I've heard also that Joe doesn't want to face the facts and refuses to believe that John Burke/Info Active is doing a bad job. Many people have tried to let the band know, but somehow it looks that Joe (or other band members maybe) find the truth too hard to face.
Another story I've heard is that the band actually believes that there's a web page online. Of course, there isn't. If it's true what I've heard, John Burke is simply TELLING LIES to the band.
Note to all the fans who have contact with Malvin Mortimer, Def Leppard's friend and tour manager: DO NOT INVOLVE MALVIN IN THIS MATTER. For obvious reasons, he CAN'T be and doesn't WANT to be involved. His opinion is not relevant.
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All you have to do is STAND UP and show that
you are NOT happy with the way Info Active treats their fans! How? Fill out the
form below. Tell me who you are and what you get/didn't get from Info Active. If
you know other people's information, use the form again. I'm compiling all the
information of all the fans who feel they're treated bad. And this information
will be used for one or more of the following:
PUT ONE OF THESE GRAPHIC ON YOUR SITE AND LINK TO THIS PAGE:
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