I took Orbital to Thailand. In summer 1999, I saw the British techno band perform at the House of Blues and bought one of their “Style” T-shirts. Several months later, on a boat ride off the coast of Thailand, a Dutch tourist wearing the same shirt spotted me, cried “Brilliant!” and we geeked out over our mutual interest for a good half-hour. That’s the story of the only concert T-shirt I still own, and it’s not that good—which is why My Band T-Shirt, a Tumblr blog filled with stories of concert T-shirts and their owners, both pleases and shames me. It shames me because I have never taken a 24-hour train ride across South Africa’s Karoo Desert to see the Rolling Stones, as Ruth Barnes once did. I don’t own a Hole T-shirt that earned me a hug from Courtney Love, as Jonathan Jobson’s did. And I didn’t receive my Orbital T-shirt from a teenage crush, as Jude Rogers came into possession of hers. I confess that I’m envious: I’ve owned some cool T-shirts, but none of them have ever inspired such passion. In any case, the stories behind these concert tees add up to an exciting and previously unknown kind of music writing … and as a bonus, this site reminds me of the Veruca Salt shirt I once owned, and the special hell it went through.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.