A few days ago I asked Rocks Off fans on Facebook what the most they had ever spent on a concert tee was. Most people topped out at $50 for touring legacy acts, while some shelled out a lot more for hoodies and limited-edition tees.
Now the world of concert posters is a whole other animal unto itself.
Some commenters also said that they would rather wait until the merch they wanted was on sale in the artist's Web store for a discount, but where's the magic in that?
And then there are those who collect vintage concert tees, the shirts blessed enough to not get used as shop rags in the garage, cut up by angry exes, or donated to a clothes drive and then lost in the shuffle.
eBay has tons of shirts going for thousands of dollars. I know if I had the money I would probably buy one of these and frame it at least. I would hate to get wing sauce on a shirt from the Rolling Stones' '72 tour.
"These shirts were made in extremely limited numbers by a small mom and pop company as the backstage passes for the Knebworth Festival in 1979. This was worn and obtained by one of the members of Blackfoot!!"
"One of the oldest Rolling Stones shirts out there. Condition: Great! no rips stains or holes. Wear commensurate with age."
This festival included the Eagles, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, and Aerosmith.
"EXTRA BONUS -- the only official photographic record of THE ROLLING STONES tour -- MAGAZINE"
"Sweet shirt from a 2-day concert at the Stone Phoenix Coffeehouse"
Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Kinky Friedman, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver plus others were all on board for this legendary Texas concert.
"I have been to 1,200 concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have collected many shirts from 1980-1990. I personally have bought all these shirts either inside or outside concert venues." And you never found time to wash the damned thing?
Some aging goth kid who made tons of money in the tech market is chomping at the proverbial bit for this one.
"Not a cheesy bootleg or a clever California or Asian warehouse replica" Harsh! Is this supposed to be racist? I can't tell.
This shirt would have been sold on the Sabotage/Technical Ecstasy tour it looks like. Fun fact: Ozzy turned 64 this week!
No doubt these shirts are lurking in older punk's wardrobes, waiting to be passed on to the grandkids who aren't posers.
"This is a vintage original concert shirt from Slayer. This is a very rare 1985 Hell Awaits tour shirt. It is in very good condition." What, no blood stains? Lame.
This is a good time to remind all readers of the expert work that the Rocks Off team does each and every year for the Houston area.
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