Is it tacky to wear the band’s shirt to their concert?

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To quote the movie ‘PCU’:

“Don’t do it, don’t be ‘that guy’ don’t wear the band’s own shirt to their show..”

So, is it tacky / in bad taste / a ‘fault pas’ / proving ‘noob-ality’ when one wears the band’s shirt to their own show? Or in our case; wearing a NASA shirt to a rocket event? What about wearing last year’s shirt to this years’ event? What about wearing an LDRS (or similar) shirt to a regional event? (or visa-versa?)

Although a flight suit, jump suit or even a EVA suit would be kinda cool!!
 

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I'm not sure about rock concerts, but I wouldn't think so, particularly if the shirt you wore was a concert t-shirt from the past. I would think that doing so would represent proof that you've been a fan for a long time.

I definitely have seen that sort of thing at NARAM and other rocket events. Wearing a NARAM shirt from decades previous is sort of a badge that proves you're not a noob. :)
 

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I don't see what the problem would be. You'd be showing support or that you're enjoying where you are. That's kind of like saying it's tacky to cosplay at a Comic-Con.

Someone wearing last year's shirt just shows experience and dedication. A flight suit or jump suit at a rocket launch would show great enthusiasm, I wouldn't look down on that at all.

I guess you never know how people take things sometimes though.
 

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Wear what you want and do not worry about what others think. It is just a shirt.
 

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I've never heard of that being considered tacky before. It seems like that's the least tacky place to wear a concert shirt to.
 
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Unless it's a Justin Bieber shirt, then that is just tacky no matter where you are. :duck:
 

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Hold on a sec, you're asking fashion advice on a forum populated with rocket geeks? :D



(For the record, yeah wear whatever you want at the event!)
 

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Was just having this discussion last week before going to see The Damned in Atlanta. Although not tacky, some do consider it a breach of an unwritten rule of cool [for lack of a better term] to wear a band's t-shirt when going to see that band in concert, unless you bought it that night at the merch table.

As for wearing t-shirts from previous launches to a launch? I find it to be a good way of remembering who was at what event.
 

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Was just having this discussion last week before going to see The Damned in Atlanta. Although not tacky, some do consider it a breach of an unwritten rule of cool [for lack of a better term] to wear a band's t-shirt when going to see that band in concert, unless you bought it that night at the merch table.

As for wearing t-shirts from previous launches to a launch? I find it to be a good way of remembering who was at what event.
Wear a Misfits shirt. Wear it anywhere. Even to a launch.
 

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Wear what you want and do not worry about what others think. It is just a shirt.
I agree.

This sounds like one of those subjective "rules" put in place by some self professed "cool in the know" elitists. As a general rule, I try to leave the high school politics back in the 80s where they belong, act like an adult and do what I feel like.


Then again, consider the following post...

Hold on a sec, you're asking fashion advice on a forum populated with rocket geeks? :D
 

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Tacky? I thought it was a requirement... along with blaring their music in the parking lot.
 

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I wear what I want to a rocket launch: Last year's t-shirt, this year's t-shirt, no t-shirt. My wife cringes, but I always wear pants.
 

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Never wear the bands shirt to their show, or at least not the headliner. Metal/rock sub. Genre etc.
 

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I always wear my band shirt to the concerts (Or the band uniform, depending on formality). We're supposed to.
 

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I wouldn't know. I do not go to concerts. As a matter of fact I find most music with words obnoxious. The music I find to be excellent is instrumental music. I do go to concerts that are just instrumental like orchestras. I am a huge fan of Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, John Williams. Thats all I have to say about that.
 

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I thought that's what you were supposed to do ....
like wearing your teams jersey to a sporting event.
cept i wouldnt,like, wear a U of M jersey at ohio stadium or wings jersey united center. :)
 

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like wearing your teams jersey to a sporting event.
If you were wearing your team's jersey to an event for your team, exactly. I don't see how anything could be viewed as wrong with the same thing for a band, unless perhaps it suggests that you prefer one of their older concerts over their current tour or something like that? :confused2: Would it be better to wear some other band's shirt? :p

I've gone to a lot of concerts, but very rarely as a part of the audience, I worked for a pro lighting & sound group for several years so I was generally either on-stage or at 'house' running one of the sound boards (or hanging out in the truck avoiding the concert, etc. :) ). The one thing we ensured never to do was to play recorded versions of the band's songs as opening/closing music, etc. Wouldn't want to have anything that compares the live to the recorded performances. I tend to watch the Today show in the mornings while getting ready for work, and I always find it odd when right after a performance they replay part of it as the music going to commercial, etc., that just feels wrong to me, but I guess it is at least only replaying something that was just heard, not a different version of it. But we did just hear it, did we need to hear a random portion of it again so soon?

As for launches, I generally only wear rocketry-related shirts. I have a few vendor shirts and an LDRS shirt, most of the rest are from one club's launches. But I'll wear that club's shirts even to other club launches I go to, never thought twice about it. :)
 

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I have worn a TCC Dairy Aire shirt to a LUNAR launch a Snow Ranch.

Both launch sites have cattle so I figured it was okay.
 

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I wear previous launch or APE shirts to rocket launches.

I wear band shirts to their concerts if I have them.

I'm kind of a T shirt junky. I buy one every time we go to a National park, launch, or concert if I can.
 

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Tacky? I've always thought it more of a "If I meet a hot chick, I don't want to look like the kind of basement-dweller who only listens to one band and only came above-ground because they're here" vibe
 
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