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Only for the super fan, vintage autographed Rolling Stones shirt

Jul 18, 2014 Band Shirt Guy

The Rolling Stones break pretty much all the rules of the music business. After more than 50 years in the game, they're still recording, still touring, and still the band everyone wants to see. You could probably sell a pebble from the beach for a nice sum if you told folks that Mick Jagger once kicked it at Keith Richards. I'm not saying I'd buy it - but I'd think about it. I know, I know, that makes me sound weird. Maybe I am - but is that such a bad thing when it means I find stuff like this amazing shirt from the Stones' legendary 1978 tour. They tossed out the overblown stage theatricals they'd been using up until then and threw everything into the music.

Autographed Grateful Dead Proof Shirt

Jul 12, 2014 Band Shirt Guy

This is a treasure for any die hard fan of the Grateful Dead. This colorful tee shirt proof has been signed by six members of the legendary band , which means that the proof met their approval and could be put into production. Autographed by Bill Kreutzmann, Vince Welnick, Mickey Hart, and founding members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and the late, great Jerry Garcia himself. This is a true collector's item and your chance to own a real piece of music memorabilia that will be the envy of any Deadhead.

Signed RUN DMC Adidas Shirt From 2000

Oct 31, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

Legend has it this RUN DMC relic was obtained at an invite only show in NYC where only 200 or so attended. The back of this shirt contains the autographs of Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels, Joseph 'Run' Simmons and the late Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizel.  Rev Run even signed the front again for good measure. Check out the full story behind this shirt over at Record Mecca, and of course drop a cool G on it if it tickles your fancy. I really haven't seen anything similar for sale that is older than this, even though RUN DMC had been around for almost two decades by the time the year 2000 came around. Calling all vintage hip hop memorabilia collectors, any takers? Also, is there anyone out there that can verify this is real? Or that the show actually took place?  Not doubting, but more backstory will always help sell an item like this. We wrote about a sweet RUN DMC jacket up for auction last year in this post, which is in fact still for sale.

Prince Local Crew Shirts & Jacket Package For Sale

Oct 31, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

As you may have heard in the airwaves, Prince is back with a new track called 'Breakfast Can Wait'. The track is supposedly part of a new album in the works for 2014 called 'Plectrum Electrum'.  There's also a four song EP that was release on iTunes last week. The artist now known again as Prince along with 3rdEyeGirl have also been putting on some random and impromptu appearances (Pajama Parties?) at Paisley Park in Minnesota. Speaking of Paisely Park, we had a look on eBay to see if there were any rare or interesting Prince shirts or merch for sale. Check out our picks below which include a Paisely Park shirt of unknown year/origin, a 1982 '1999' shirt, and a local crew package with a couple of shirts, jacket, hat and CD. If you're vulnerable to Prince collectibles, hide your wallet now as none of these are on the budget end of things. If there's any Prince merch aficionados out there who can verify the authenticity of any of these shirts, please let us know what you think! And of course, try this page here, if you're looking for something more budget friendly. Maybe you're already loaded down with Prince shirts, share yours with the world by snapping a picture and uploading to our archive. On a final note, how can we get a legit Breakfast Can Wait shirt with the Dave Chapple graphic? 

FTC Disclosure

Oct 28, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

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Signed Jimmy Buffett Shirt For Sale - "Fins Up"!

Oct 23, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

We do a lot of what is often referred to as "curation" of content and information from around the web. In our efforts to keep tabs on bands, artists and what they're up to, we notice many interesting trends. One trend, which is usually obvious, is that if an artist or musician was around in the 70s, it is likely they haven't adopted social media in ways that more recent artists have embraced. There are often surprising exceptions to this rule.  Today that is exception is with Jimmy Buffett. The span of time between his first, and most recent album, is a whopping 43 years, and he as 184,000 Google Plus followers. By comparison, Bob Dylan only has 4,000 Google Plus followers. Anyhow, now on the shirt we found.  

The Very First Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Oct 22, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

Today, October 22nd, marks the 23rd anniversary of the very first Pearl Jam concert ever. According to the post on their website, they played at the Off Ramp Cafe (which we are pretty sure is now El Corazon). They jammed through 8 songs total; Release, Alone, Alive, Once, Even Flow, Black, Breath and encored with Just A Girl. How epic would that have been to see? Hearing Eddie Vedder on the opening song singing "Release Me !!!!".....  At any rate, to honor this day in music history, how about some vintage Pearl Jam shirts? The oldest legit looking one would could find for sale is supposedly from 1991. It appears to be an ode to the song "Black", with some of the lyrics printed on the back.  The shirt is a size large and is available for $250 from seller VintageCloset00, a shirt seller we feature quite a lot on here.

The Rihanna T Shirt Saga Continues...

Oct 21, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

As we covered earlier this year, Rihanna made some waves in the merch community with her lawsuit against UK shirt seller TopShop, who was selling a shirt with her picture, without her permission. As you likely know, unofficial shirts with silhouettes and images of artists appear for sale everywhere. The main legal barrier being that the photographer or image creator owns the right to the content, not the subject. So what made this case different? According to the 16 page ruling, there are a few things  First, TopShop is 'established', and not some miscellaneous street merchant or eBay seller. Next, the image used was taken during filming for the video "We Found Love". You can see the point in the video here where Rihanna is wearing the same outfit which appears is on the shirt in question.In this case, it could have been construed by the consumer, that this was an official Rihanna shirt meant to market this particular song or music video. The kicker?  Now the courts are ordering TopShop to pay Rihanna's legal fees, which are close to $1 million dollars.  If you're looking for this particular banned Rihanna shit, or another Rihanna shirt, you know where you can find them. If you're looking for guaranteed official Rihanna apparel, head on over to her online store here. Have some thoughts or words on this one?  

Reasonably Priced Beyonce Tee Shirts

Oct 21, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

Some artists and bands are really cranking up the price dial on their clothing lines. After the $120 Kanye West white tee kicked up a storm of criticism, it likely set the bar high for what an artist could sell a shirt for. That brings us to Beyonce.  While we're not trying to single out any artist in particular, we notice that her boutique ish online merch store has shirts starting at $35, and going all the way up to $65, for a t shirt? While we realize we peddle a lot of rare and vintage shirts on here that go for hundreds if not thousands of dollars, a recently created shirt, with no special print or fabric, running for $65 is a bit on the high side of things. If you're looking for some reasonable priced Beyonce Shirts, we've rounded up all kinds of finds from around the web for your to peruse. If you're looking for the most recent real deal Beyonce shirts, click the image to the right to visit her online store. Have some thoughts or words on this topic? 

Chris Cornell Covers Two Songs At Once, 1+1=1

Oct 20, 2013 Band Shirt Guy

Mash ups and covers can invoke all kinds of unique reactions for one's senses and emotions.  Chris Cornell just took this whole concept to another level. We're not sure why this audio hasn't gone more 'viral' than it has, so we're going to give it a push, and two thumbs up. Recently at an acoustic show, Chris covered two songs at once.  He took the guitar from U2's 'one' and and lyrics from Metallica's 'one' and made them... one. Talk about a 'cross the streams' moment, with epic proportions of awesome. On that note, Chris Cornell is still on tour and if you're in Canada or on the east coast, you might be able to catch him in the coming weeks and months, and maybe he'll even bust out this tune again. Have some thoughts or comments you'd like to share?