I've seen Sammy over about 20 times with Van Halen and about 20 times solo and he always walked through the on stage fans. The one show I buy VIP for "Sammy's Cinco De Mayo show in 2009" and Sammy never walked through the crowd on stage. Although it was a unique experience, Not worth the $400 we spent for tickets, gas, drive from Tucson to San Diego, and hotel. I thought I was finally going to fulfill my dream of meeting him, but was denied. I also had a meet in greet in Tucson about 10 years ago, but that was cancelled as well. I was very disappointed both times, but still love him and his music. A die hard fan till the end.