Agree on the (lack of) value for VIP party package. And the lousy locations for VIP seating on this tour in general. I was actually planning to do Silver for Singapore just to get the book until I saw the prices. No way! Unfortunately, I'd already booked tickets for my other shows so now can't do the package at all. I'm consoling myself with a suspicion the book will be pretty much the same as the 2017 tour, which I already have.
I've always thought the party package was a giant rip-off, further reinforced by friends' experiences. If they GUARANTEED a on/backstage tour, I'd be more likely to consider it (not at the Singapore price, though). The only time I ever paid top price for a VIP package was for Peter Gabriel's So 30th anniversary tour. But it was in an arena, was only $500, and it included front row center section ticket (I was 2 seats off dead center), entrance to sound check (which was worth the price alone), and the usual crappy buffet food, cheap beer or wine, etc. That would have been worthwhile at twice the price for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's my gold standard for measuring the value of any VIP offerings. 😉