Don Jamieson Shows Off His Metal T-Shirt Collection
A metalhead’s t-shirt collection contains some of their most prized possessions. Sweaty, stained and torn, our shirts are chronicles of our lives, physical markers of a past time and place that we pridefully put on our bodies every day. They have a clear pecking order: there are those shirts you wear only when all the best ones are in the laundry, there are the absolute favorites you wear once every couple of weeks, and there are all the shirts in between, each with their own clear rank. To a metalhead, T-shirts are EVERYTHING.
Don Jamieson — metal-lovin’ comedian, former co-host of That Metal Show, and current host of That Jamieson Show — is the latest to share his most prized threads for our My Metal T-Shirt Collection series! Don’s new album, Denim & Laughter, is out now on Metal Blade (order here); have a listen as you browse through his favorite t-shirts below!
First time I ever met Dime & Vinnie was with Damageplan. Quickly learned about black tooth grins, projectile vomiting and PediaLite.
Cocknoose was a stoner band from Kansas. I was doing one of those corny local morning tv shows to promote a gig there and ten seconds before we went on air I switched my t-shirt to this one and we went live. I was never asked back.
The sunniest Motörhead shirt I have in my collection and have ever seen. From their 2009 Canadian tour. RIP Lemmy!
This shirt is from the Def Leppard Vegas residency. They actually opened for themselves as the band ‘Ded Flatbird,’ which, if you say it fast enough, sounds a lot like ‘Def Leppard.’
No metal t-shirt collection is complete without one of the founding metal labels (and, coincidentally, the same one that puts out my comedy CDs!)
Performed at Metallica’s first OrionFest and all I got was this totally awesome t-shirt with my name on the back.
Love this Riot shirt because not only is that album sheer genius, but the tagline reads: “Available on Elektra Records and TAPES.”
This was a shirt that GN’R made for a 2002 show at MSG, but were never able to sell because of the word “Mothafuckaz” on the back. The venue had a policy against profanity, and so very few people have this one.
Anyone who’s been to Duff’s Bar in Brooklyn knows it’s not only a metal-friendly drinking establishment, but also a metal museum of sorts. This is my favorite t-shirt design by them, for obvious reasons.
This is a good one to wear for a family gathering. I toured with these guys a few years ago on a tour bus with this logo in giant 9-foot letters on the side. We should’ve just wrote “Please pull us over every three seconds” instead!