Wearing Sunglasses on Stage

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Should a member of a cover band always wear sunglasses

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. darkstar11

    darkstar11 Member

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    Band member wearing sunglasses on stage for an evening cover band gig at the local bar/club.

    Yes or no.
     
  2. JPF

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    Gotta be mirror shades, otherwise - no.
     
  3. guitarman_nebr

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    no, that went out with the Blues Brothers.

    it is tacky. who is gonna take you seriously with sunglasses or Flowered Shirts?

    it doesn't mean "fun and party" it comes off as "trying too hard"
     
  4. dark_rainbow

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    if they're covering ZZ Top, U2 and maybe a few other bands, then ok. Otherwise = DORK ALERT
     
  5. guzman

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    douchebaggery meets dorkiness. NO!
     
  6. Mattbedrock

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    Makes it too hard to see your tuner and pedal board.

    And makes you look like a douchebag.
     
  7. echoSE7EN

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    Corey Hart attack!
     
  8. mcdonaldkd

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    Douchey, Douche, Douche. Makes your band look like it was designed by Ed Hardy.
     
  9. JPF

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    Well - maybe if you've got lots and lots of bright blue LEDs on your pedal board. You might still look dorky, but at least you'd have an excuse... Hey - I'm reaching, here, but maybe that'll cut some mustard and knowing nods from pedalfreaks and TGP technological cogniscenti. It probably won't get you laid, though.
     
  10. Kyle Ashley

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    Lots of factors to consider here:

    How good is the musician?
    What is the rest of his/her outfit like?
    What style are the shades?
    How dark are the lenses?

    95% of the time it is desperate and DORKVILLE, but 5% of the time it works for the right person/look. Shades and hats are in the same category and their usage needs further qualification. For instance, if you wear a hat to cover a balding head...DORKVILLE, but if you rock a cool brim with a Detroit Lean over cool hair, you are stylin'. If you are a 100% badass player, and got your looks, physique, and wardrobe goin' on, shades will probably work.
     
  11. OldSchool

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    Not unless your playing an Arena with a massive light show or its outdoors......small bar club at night? very douchey. :dunno
     
  12. RockDC

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    Only in the sun... but I voted no because every time I've seen a band play with shades on I thought, "Wow do they look like a Douche!" So when I started to tour I never wore them... even in the sun I didn't wear them.
     
  13. Julia343

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    If you got a migraine, go for it. Otherwise, no. In the sun? fine.
     
  14. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Silver Supporting Member

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    Agreed. Never assume someone in shades is trying to look cool; some of us have scotopic sensitivity disorder, migraines, etc.

    That said, I try really hard to not look douchetastic by ever wearing them on stage.

    Death to blue LEDs! :bitch
     
  15. stevel

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    We played outdoor Friday night with the sun aimed right in our faces. Sunglasses were mandatory.

    There are far to many variables here to give a yes or no - it's only opinions.

    Why are you asking? Is someone in the band wearing shades and it's bothering you?

    Steve
     
  16. DrSax

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    don't care.
     
  17. boynamedsuse

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    If you need them, fine. If they are intended to be a fashion statement, no.
     
  18. re-animator

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    acceptable if you're under 30.... otherwise it reeks of poseur and even worse.... an old guy equating an arbitrary symbol with "feeling young."

    the only time i've worn sunglasses on stage was fronting a "just for fun" george michael tribute band for one set.
     
  19. Neer

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    Judgmental, aren't we?
     
  20. pbradt

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    In the stated context, no.
     

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