I love rock t-shirts. They're by far the main element of my wardrobe, and I'd be wearing one right now if I hadn't have woken up with a hankering to promote Pabst Blue Ribbon today instead of Thin Lizzy for a change.
I don't buy them willy-nilly, though. If I go to a concert and I see a t-shirt that I really like, I'll hold back from laying down my 30 or 40 bucks until after the show. Only if it's been an amazing performance by the band in question will I cough up the cash. I guess that's why I've got so many Drive-By Truckers and Gov't Mule T's in the closet.
Then there's that extremely rare Led Zeppelin t-shirt that was recently sold on e-Bay to some joker in Australia for a record-breaking ten grand. According to Blabbermouth.net the shirt was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage, and it was "printed in limited quantity as a unique way to replace conventional backstage passes for one of the band's historic 1979 Knebworth House concerts." Big deal. The LZ logo on the front sucks. What's wrong with that image of the Hindenberg exploding that Zep used on the first album? That's what cool t-shirts are made of.
Anyway, it guess it's nice that Ermatinger--who originally bought the shirt for $123--made himself a tidy profit. To quote one of the commenters on Blabbermouth.net: "I've got a cigarette butt Page tossed off stage in 1974. It's been framed in a glass case, and has a DNA tested certificate of authenticity. Let the bidding begin."
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