Thursday Thirteen — Souvenirs

Thirteen things the fans treasure

Admit it. You have a shelf, or a box, or a wall, or a closet full of stuff that you keep only because it came from your favorite band. Some things are universal to all bands. Others are specific to our favorite fictional band, ShapeShifter.

See how many you have — or how many you wish you have.

1. Anything autographed and yes, it’s true that the boys will autograph anything. Guitars, CD booklets, clothes, and bodies. For the girls, bras are popular. For the guys, it’s their t-shirts. For the desperate with nothing else to have signed, it’s the backstage pass.

2. The autographs that are then turned into tattoos are treasures, but they probably won’t be worth money some day.

3. Any girl who’s played the Steal the Band’s Underwear have quite the treasure. Especially if they’re lucky enough to get something worn for more than five minutes.

4. Set lists. The most valuable of them are lifted right off the stage and still have gaffer’s tape on their edges.

5. Picks, drumsticks… the usual. It’s all customized by tour or event, of course, adding to the value.

6. Wolf Whistle t-shirts. At the end of every tour, the band plays a surprise show at local club All Access under the name Wolf Whistle. It’s usually announced the day before, and no line’s allowed to form until ten minutes before the doors are set to open. Getting in can be impossible.

7. Posters from the early shows.

8. Hell, anything from the early days. The first t-shirts. The demos. The flyers about early shows. Even the bootlegs.

9. T-shirts from special one-off shows, like the Musical Hanukkah Celebration. The only way to get these puppies is to be inside — or to have a friend who’s inside.

10. Magazines featuring the band.

11. Did I mention bootlegs? Audio, video, it’s both good.

12. Personal pictures with the guys. Again, these may not be worth much to anyone but you unless you’ve got a picture of you and a guy in a compromising position — and with Trevor, there is no such thing as a compromising position.

13. Ticket stubs. The unused old style ones or the new computer scanned are the best treasures, but sometimes, anything will do.

Don’t know who ShapeShifter is? Click on the link and fix that; you’ll be taken to a bio page of the band. From there, you can click on the names of other characters who populate my fiction and/or this blog and explore my world. Come on. You know you can’t resist.

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  1. Sue

    August 13, 2008 7:40 pm

    Yayyy! I’m first 🙂 And oh yeah! My thing used to be any press clippings of my faves, and I still have some in my treasure box. Happy TT!

  2. On a limb with Claudia

    August 13, 2008 8:52 pm

    Boy, I don’t have any of this stuff. I can’t stand having stuff laying around so I get rid of it. I guess that’s a little silly! 😉

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried

    August 13, 2008 8:58 pm

    Come see some of what I’ve got and then tell me you are the silly one!

  4. Lori

    August 13, 2008 10:25 pm

    I had about 70 different shirts and ticket stubs from concerts i went too. Loved it!! Happy TT.

  5. Julia Smith

    August 13, 2008 10:28 pm

    My sister has a guitar pick from Rush’s Alex Lifeson, plus an autographed rainforest book from Sting (she got the pick, I got the book signed for a surprise Christmas present for her.)BR/BR/Me – you know me, I’m the ballet fanatic. I’ve got ballet stuff. But I wouldn’t mind a compromising position pic of Mitchell…

  6. L^2

    August 13, 2008 10:45 pm

    I don’t have too much of this kind of stuff, but a ShapeShifter t-shirt would be great. 🙂

  7. bunnygirl

    August 13, 2008 10:53 pm

    I’m such a packrat you can be sure I would have some of this stuff. Then my husband would get mad at me for never throwing anything away, I’d throw it out to make him shut up, and then I would nag him forever when the same stuff sold for bajillions on ebay.BR/BR/No, our relationship isn’t dysfunctional. Why do you ask? 😉

  8. pussreboots

    August 13, 2008 11:41 pm

    I don’t have any band souvenirs. No shirts, tickets (never been to a concert), or other stuff.


    August 14, 2008 2:08 am

    I still have Prince posters, Prince buttons, Prince album covers, New Edition souvenir books and a New Edition bandana to name a few :)BR/BR/Happy TT.

  10. Shoshana

    August 14, 2008 3:33 am

    I’m not even sure I want to count how many autograph books I bought from trips. I think I need a paperback over my nose if I do.BR/BR/I have a box full of ticket stubs. I wished I kept all of them.

  11. anthonynorth

    August 14, 2008 4:04 am

    I had loads of memorabilia from bands, but most of it got lost during my many moves over the years.BR/ I think the final thing I had from that period was a pair of silver and black platform boots. With six inch heals, the last time I put them on, I went dizzy.

  12. Toni

    August 14, 2008 8:04 am

    I do have a guitar pick or two and a drum stick and a few autographs but not from anybody huge. Of course it was huge to me at the time! I also use to keep all my concert stubs and T-shirts. Unfortunately, I don’t really get to many any more. BR/BR/I agree with the commenter that said a ShapeShifter T-shirt would be great!

  13. Christine d'Abo

    August 14, 2008 8:54 am

    Oh I have tons of t-shirts and ticket stubs from concerts I’ve gone to. BR/BR/Trevor needs to send me some undies. 😉

  14. Thomma Lyn

    August 14, 2008 3:01 pm

    I’ve had stuff along dating back to my college years, but a lot of it has gotten lost or misplaced in moves — I’ve moved a great many times since college, ugh! Been in this house for five years, though, so I guess that’s going on a record. :)BR/BR/Love the idea of Wolf Whistle t-shirts! 🙂

  15. Toni

    August 14, 2008 3:02 pm

    Just checking back to see if you responded on how I get my ShapeShifter t-shirt. hee hee!BR/BR/Thanks for your comments on my TT!

  16. Alice Audrey

    August 14, 2008 4:26 pm

    I was all set to say I don’t do the souviner thing, but I do have stubs.

  17. storyteller

    August 14, 2008 4:27 pm

    As a recovering pack rat … I’m trying to avoid such memorabilia ;–)BR/Hugs and blessings,

  18. Celticlibrarian

    August 14, 2008 7:41 pm

    I have this obsession with magazines features my fave folks.BR/BR/I also have a Al-Team t-shirt. I am not obsessed with Weird Al, BTW. No. I just have all of his albums, his film, his music video DVD, and a concert DVD. That’s normal, right?

  19. mauniejames3

    August 15, 2008 8:49 am

    well apparently I lose…I have nothing like this although I have an aging picture of Wilson Pickett and Wayne and his riders…plus other old old bands…even James Brown…I guess I am old.

  20. bellamocha

    August 15, 2008 9:17 am

    I have some programmes, pictures, magazines and ticket stubs left from the 70’s, from my …ahem…Abba days….I was 10 and in the Bahamas when I first noticed them, probably because all the girls were crazy for them at school. I was so annoyed when my mom wouldn’t let me dye my dark hair blonde …I was so into Agnetha and wanted to be a ‘lookalike’. BR/BR/Imagine my shock when my now 13 year old daughter announced last year that they were on of her favourite bands…the musical saw to that, of course. Now their music echoes each day through the house. What comes around goes around, I guess!BR/BR/My T13 is posted hereBR/http://bellamocha.wordpress.comBR/BR/bella 🙂

  21. Joy Renee

    August 16, 2008 3:57 pm

    the closest thing to anything like this i ever had was the signed pics i got by joining a fan club when i was eleven. i’m not telling who. tho he was an Enterprising fella who moved among stars he was no musician tho he did put out an LP of ‘songs’ that Transformed me in more ways than one.

  22. Winter

    August 17, 2008 1:51 pm

    I have drumsticks. Tommy’s… Nicko’s… Rott has a jar (a BIG jar) full of picks from every metal band you could think of. He also has the weirdest souvenir ever… a scar on his back where he was stabbed at Motley Crue’s last small show before hitting the big time in the 80’s. It was at Santa Monica Civic and Rott didn’t even know he was stabbed until he tried to take his shirt off later on. She shows off that scar and tells the story to anyone we know who hasn’t heard it yet!

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