Music has indelible influences inked on the heart of it’s enthusiasts, band shirts and concert shirts are one of them. For a loyal music fan, they are sacred. There has been unwritten rules in wearing them that only true fans telepathically constructed amongst each other during concerts, shows and festivals. If people stare at your band/concert shirt, it’s either you are wearing it right or you have just committed one of the deadly sins of wearing band shirts.
But first, definition of terms:
Concert shirts: These shirts have a list of tours on the back and the name of the tour in front.
Band shirts: Everything else that does not describe a concert shirt.
So here are the sins we all might be guilty of committing.
1. Hey ho. Wearing a Ramones shirt is a no no.
Let’s face it, you wont reach the benchmark of cool that The Ramones have set. Unless you have the credentials to do so, you don;t have the permission of the whole music community to wear them. The same applies to Rolling Stones. Unless you have the move like Jagger you are not allowed to wear the most iconic music tee of all time.
2. Wearing the shirt. Not listening to the music.
One must at least know three albums of the band before you wear their shirt.
Although I’m guilty, at one occasion I wore an Alkaline Trio shirt, all because I sort of fall in love with the logo. In my defense though, Radio is one of the songs that get me through teenage years.
I once asked a guy wearing a Misfits shirt what’s his favorite Misfits song and he can’t even name one. I could smell the ugly stench of music’s fake death. I feel horrible. I wanted to cry and give music an official funeral.
On the brighter side, if those posers are trying to kill the sanctity of music, there are kids out there who remains true to the traditions. But they just don’t wear their band shirts in public anymore.
3. Wearing the band shirt, to the band’s concert.
Alright. I wore an Incubus shirt to an Incubus concert. So? Most music fans don’t know this anyway.
Theory is, wearing a band shirt of the band that is actually playing is considered overkill of declaration of one’s fandom. It’s like you can shout it to the world without actually shouting it. Just being there, means you are a fan. Do not over glorify it. Or purists will kill you.
4. Wearing the concert shirt, the day after the concert.
Because it would only mean that you did not wash it.
One is allowed to wear a concert shirt eight years after the concert, otherwise, just let it sit and gather dust in the corner of your dresser first. The more vintage the shirt, the more “stick to the rules” it gets.
However, when you wear a Shea Stadium Beatles concert shirt, make sure you went to that show. Which I actually did not, I was born three decades after.
5. Wearing a Straylight Run shirt to a Taking Back Sunday concert.
Obviously because those guys had a little feud for sharing two members.
You can’t wear a band shirt of a members side project. Do not wear a Velvet Revolver shirt to a Guns n’ Roses or Stone Temple Pilot show. Never wear a Jane’s Addiction shirt to a Red Hot Chili Pepper s’ show. You get the jist.
6. Wearing your brothers concert/band shirt.
This applies if your brother is listening to Slayer and you are into All Time Low. In the Venn diagrams of musical genre, this two are Mercury and Pluto away from each other. So no.
Wearing YOUR band’s band shirt.
Now, what did we say again about overglorification? Most metal bands are fund of doing this which unwittingly giving them away as pretentious fans but in all metalheads defense that’s what made them metal, the fact that they loudly proclaim everything that they stood for.
Aside from the aforementioned fact, no one wears th shirt of their own band. Because really they just don’t.
If you see Mick Jagger wearing a Rolling Stones shirt, you can get back to me and I’ll have this erased on this blog.
Alright. We all have been warned. So go get your band/concert shirts and wear them correctly.