Context: 2005. Battle of the Bands Competition. The rated you on musicianship, stage presence, flow, timing, professionalism, fitting the look.what? context?
If you are a huge star you can wear shorts on stage.
If you never want to play live again with a band, wear shorts on stage.
If you saw those guys in that era (late 70's), you'd better understand Steve's dress. I have never seen a singer, keyboardist, front man, more active than that guy. It was an athletic event. He was in constant motion for the entire show. It was very impressive. I'd have swore drugs were involved, but knowing what I know about those guys, I doubt it. Steve was a force of nature and a vocal powerhouse. Now, having said that, shorts are not cool on stage IMHO.
Americans, Canadians, Germans... Honestly, you're all wearing cargo shorts, socks&sandals, and wraparound glasses. If that's what you're talking about, well, that's too much even for the rehearsal room. Like wtf man, are you mocking us, go home and get dressed. Shorts? Over 28°C. So ugly it's not even funny? No.
hmm....I don't know about that. I've played somewhere in the upper hundreds to possibly over a thousand gigs in my lifetime. Been wearing shorts at plenty of those over the last 15 years. Still getting gigs, still nailing auditions (few and far between, fortunately), still wearing shorts - day gigs, night gigs, indoor, outdoor, etc... I take several things into account - venue, crowd, comfort, etc... and wear what's appropriate. Fk wearing a tuxedo at an outdoor marina/tiki bar gig in the Florida Keys in the middle of summer. For those it's shorts, a sleeveless t-shirt, flip flops, and backward baseball hat!
Bring it on!!!