Nothing beats seeing your favorite artists live in action. Why not memorialize the occasion with concert t-shirts or other merchandise?
Remember: The stories woven into every printed design marks a day in history.
The team at Band-Tees puts great effort into being the go-to spot for band merchandise online. Here, you’ll only find officially branded designs for your favorite bands. It’s the best source of vintage tees from timeless concerts from AC/DC to The Rolling Stones.
Join us as we discover more about band merchandising and the significance behind your favorite rock t-shirts.
Why Should You Buy Rock T-shirts and Other Concert Merchandise?
Band merchandise goes far beyond having a keepsake from an iconic rock tour. It represents a significant chunk of a band’s income, allowing artists to continue creating your favorite music.
According to Billboard, the global merchandise market grew by 9.4% in 2016, putting its value at approximately $3.1 billion.
What’s more, concert t-shirts often have a story woven into each one. That’s right: unique designs not only draw attention but take their place as icons in rock culture. Pink Floyd’s DSOTM (Dark Side of the Moon) prism is a perfect example of a timeless design.
What better way to express your personal style and band love than by showing off your branded tour shirts and hoodies? Let’s find out about some timeless concert t-shirts and their stories.
Express Yourself With a Piece of Musical History
Sweet Home Alabama with Lynyrd Skynyrd in ‘74
The 1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd concert saw the release of one of the most popular country songs, “Sweet Home Alabama”. While this specific event was for one night only, it formed part of the Second Helping tour spanning from January to July 1974.
The short sleeve t-shirt design features the band’s skull logo and print from the event’s flyer, reading: “Sweet Home in Alabama Mar. 20th 1974 One Night Only! Jacksonville, Alabama Support Southern Rock Come Hang With Skynyrd”.
The setlist included:
- I Ain’t the One
- Free Bird
- Gimme Three Steps
- Simple Man
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Travelin’ Man
- Workin’ For MCA
- Don’t Ask Me Questions
- Call Me the Breeze
Rolling Stones Tour America 1978
The Rolling Stones 1978 America tour occurred after releasing their album “Some Girls.” The concert t-shirts feature the iconic lips and tongue design printed with the American flag.
From Mick Jagger’s memorable moves to the band’s blended styles, there’s no wonder why The Rolling Stones carry their fame to this day. With over 50 years as a band, the group has certainly earned their spot in the UK Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band’s energetic stage presence and the screaming crowds were enough to leave a mark in any fan’s memory.
A Piece for Assorted Lunatics — Pink Floyd 1972
The tour marked the debut of Pink Floyd’s album, “Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics” in 1972. The band played 132 shows over 10 legs in 1972 and 1973.
The t-shirt for the North America leg of the tour features the iconic prism and rainbow that many associate with the band.
Many industry experts believe that the Dark Side of the Moon album was the epic turning point for Pink Floyd. It cemented the band’s success and ultimately, how they were defined.
“Dark Side of the Moon was also a career-defining artistic achievement for the British quartet, one which marked Pink Floyd’s transition from an experimental, jam-oriented progressive outfit primarily beloved by college students and assorted “heads,” to a top-echelon rock act characterized by its rich songwriting”– Rolling Stone Magazine
AC/DC Highway to Hell World Tour 1979 and Back in Black
Every self-respecting rock fan has heard the legendary anthem of the ‘70s — “Highway to Hell.” The album of the same name and tour marked the last release for the Australian hard rock band with lead singer Bon Scott, before he passed away.
The official shirt for this timeless concert shows the band with a flame background, matching the album image.
Though the group considered disbanding after losing their bandmate, they recruited a new lead singer to continue their journey. Five months later, the group released “Back in Black” as a tribute album for Bon Scott.
The first tour with lead singer Brian Johnson, promoting the album, spanned a year. The concert shirts from the tour reflected the solid black album cover as a sign of mourning for Bon Scott.
Never Say Die! — Black Sabbath Tour
The legendary English heavy metal band, Black Sabbath, had its last tour with Ozzy Osbourne on lead vocals in 1978. The tour started in Sheffield, England in March and ended in Albuquerque, New Mexico in December.
With opening acts like Van Halen, this tour would be the start of many memorable stories.
While Black Sabbath may not have had regular performances during their time, the band made a significant impact in the music industry. The British group has laid the foundation for many heavy metal and rock legends to build on.
The 1978 world tour hoodies feature the Black Sabbath “creature” designs, an image associated with the band.
To experience some bands inspired by Black Sabbath, check out music from:
- Iron Maiden
- Judas Priest
- Van Halen
- Foo Fighters
- The Smashing Pumpkins
Led Zeppelin — The Heaviest Band
The tour in 1975 was rated as one of the best live performances by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The tour comprised 37 shows, in three legs, over three months.
The designs for the official branded t-shirt for the Los Angeles leg of the tour also have the concert information printed on it.
Some of the memorable songs played include:
- Rock and Roll
- Trampled Underfoot
- No Quarter
- Stairway to Heaven
- Communication Breakdown
- Black Dog
- Whole Lotta Love
- How Many More Times
Which Other Products Could You Buy?
If you’re keen to show off your personal style as a music enthusiast, you aren’t limited to officially branded concert t-shirts and hoodies. Whether a fan of Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, or Aerosmith, you will find something to suit your style.
For officially branded merchandise, consider these band tee alternatives:
- Baseball and assorted caps for your favorite music act
- Officially branded wallets
- Rockin’ studded belts
- Band logo stickers
Are You a Rock Master?
If music and fashion are the ultimate forms of self-expression, what better way than to mix the two?
A carefully chosen concert shirt reflects not only your epic taste in music but also your rock mastery.
Head on over to the Band-Tees store for an impressive selection of officially branded band merchandise. Whatever your preference, young or old, you’ll certainly find something worth showing off.