Poll: Wearing band t-shirt onstage
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View poll results: Wearing band t-shirt onstage
Yes, I think it's a good idea
28 21%
No, I think it's a bad idea
70 53%
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18 14%
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15 11%
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#1
I've been thinking about this a bit recently. My friend thinks that it's a bad idea to wear your own band's t-shirt onstage at it makes you look self centered whereas I think it's a good idea to promote your band as much as possible, even by showing off merchandise.

What are your opinions on it?
#4
Sort of tacky, but if you're on the road or something, who cares, it's just a shirt, there's nothing wrong with liking your own music. It's something you wear, if you have a shirt that happens to have your band name on it, who cares?
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Quote by iwannabesedated
Wearing your own shirt onstage is kinda tacky IMO.


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#6
Only Iron Maiden is allowed to.
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#7
No. But if it's your other band that you're promoting (e.g. Tom Delonge wears AvA shirts in some blink-182 gigs) then it's cool.
#8
I feel like if the shirt says your band name, it's lame. However, if it's a band shirt but doesn't have the name in writing (like a logo, or album artwork), it's fair game. I can't really tell you why I feel this way, but that's the rules in my mind.
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#9
Shirt. No.

Banners. Yes.
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#10
I was expecting this to go totally the other way. I thnik it's fine as long as it's not everyone in the band wearing it. If only one of you is wearing it, then whatever. I'd actually think it's cool.
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#13
I think it's perfectly fine.
A lot of big bands do it all the time (Metallica, Iron Maiden, The Used, etc.) and even a bunch of my local bands do it. I don't see the problem, but it would be a bit tacky if all you did was wear your own band's shirts (then again, on the last legs of a long tour, maybe that's all you have left that's clean).

I guess everyone has their own view on it, but it's not a big deal, if people like your music, who cares?
#14
It depends how well-off your band is. If you're doing it to promote your merchandise so that it will help fund your band, then go for it, what do I care? But if your band is big enough that it doesn't really need to whore out it's merch, than I don't really see a point other than that you like that shirt. I'm not gonna get a sour opinion of a band either way over it.
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#15
Wear another band's shirt onstage. Wearing your own shirt on stage is tacky, and it doesn't promote anything since the people obviously know who they are seeing.
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#16
Wearing your own band's shirt is inexcusable unless you're REALLY poor and can't even afford enough shirts for a tour. But other band shirts is fine, I see that all the time.
#17
Meh, if the shirt looks rad as hell, then I suppose it'd be ok.
But for the most part, personally I wouldn't wear my own bands shirt on stage.
#18
Quote by GibsonMan321
Only Iron Maiden is allowed to.

This.

Also: trade shirts with dudes in other bands and promote each other instead of yourself.
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#19
Now if you wanna be really cool, you all need matching band shirts! Better yet, full on uniforms! You need to all have the same shoes, pants, and shirt that display who you are as a band. And to show you're all unique and different, how about you each wear a different colored cap in your favorite colors? Unless two of you have the same favorite color. Then have someone wear their second favorite color! Yay, it still works!

#20
Quote by justinb904
Trade shirts with dudes in other bands and promote each other instead of yourself.

#21
Get your band's name and/or logo tatooed on your chest and don't wear a shirt. It's not tacky if you can't help it.

Of course that doesn't apply to everything.
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#23
I've seen some local bands do it. I don't really see a problem with that. If you're at a show where a lot of people might not know who you are, it helps get your name out there more.


If someone like Metallica does it it just looks lazy and uninspired.
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Nick Cave wore a Nick Cave and the bad seeds t shirt on stage.

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#25
No don't
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#26
In a perfect world, lesser known bands would wear whatever they want and popular bands would wear band shirts from lesser known bands to help them out.
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#29
I've seen local bands wear their shirts when they first started selling them to promote them. (They proceeded to rip them off later in the show.)
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#30
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I've seen local bands wear their shirts when they first started selling them to promote them. (They proceeded to rip them off later in the show.)


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#32
Yeah, no it just makes you look like a dumbass. Wear another band's t-shirt. Don't be "that guy" on stage.
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#33
Only lame bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Deep Purple and Van Halen do..

To me, if you think your shirts are cool, then wear them. Dont go by others standards. You have your own say :/
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#34
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Nick Cave wore a Nick Cave and the bad seeds t shirt on stage.

Nick Cave is a self-centered, cartoonish, tacky caricature of a singer. So Nick Cave can pull it off.

Do not ever be Nick Cave, TS. You're on stage playing your band's music, that's plenty promotion. Jesus.
#36
If ONE person is wearing it then yeah that's fine and looks casual.

If you're ALL wearing them, then it's cheesy and I wouldn't suggest it.
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#37
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Only Iron Maiden is allowed to.


This. Adrian does it a lot.
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#38
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Nick Cave is a self-centered, cartoonish, tacky caricature of a singer. So Nick Cave can pull it off.

Do not ever be Nick Cave, TS. You're on stage playing your band's music, that's plenty promotion. Jesus.

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#40
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Well they jump around a lot so they get pretty sweaty. Usually the singer takes his off first. Then the guitarist usually rips his off a few songs later. The drummer usually takes his off last because he's a bit chubby and probably a bit self-conscious. I have no idea what their bass player likes to do since they recently got a new one (but he is quite good-looking.)
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