Out of the last 38 concerts I’ve attended, thirty-seven times I’ve worn a plain black t-shirt, jeans, and my favorite orange and blue tennis shoes. Once I wore a bright red Twins shirt, jeans, and my favorite blue and orange tennis shoes. The Twins shirt, which I got for like $4, has become a constant source of merriment for my friends and family. It’s like a girl can’t be a baseball fan (or more accurately a fan of cheap clothing) anymore.
I know some people take their concert-going attire very seriously and agonize over what to wear, do I go with the Ramones shirt or this Threadless classic? Does wearing this DIO shirt with black shorts and white socks pulled upt o my knees make it seem like I’m trying too hard? (Yes. Yes, it does.). Generally, I spend a lot of time amused at the band/music t-shirts on display at a concert. It’s a way to express your superior music taste. I can dig it.
However, I thought there was a golden rule about not wearing the band’s t-shirt to their concert. Until Saturday night I thought this was the kind of behavior only displayed by the nerdiest of the nerdy. The nerds so nerdy that most nerds won’t even play Dungeons & Dragons with them (incidentally, I only played D&D once and was so annoying they wouldn’t even let me finish playing).
At The Hold Steady (THS) concert Saturday night, there were a vast number of people who either did not know the rule or blatantly broke it in their Hold Steady devotion. I am puzzled.
On Twitter, Jake claimed that wearing the band’s t-shirt to a concert is only acceptable at THS shows. I beg to differ. There is no band where wearing their t-shirt to their concert is acceptable. It just shouldn’t be done. Ever.
Why would someone do that? We realize you dig the music, you’re at the concert. Now you just look like a jackass as if you’re trying to prove you love the band more because look, look I have the t-shirt. Know what jackass? Everyone has the t-shirt, it’s just that 99.99% of us (and Saturday that percentage would have to drop to like 85%) know you don’t ever wear the band’s shirt to their concert.
For real. Don’t.