Why do so many musicians wear hats when they perform?

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  1. william tele

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    Yeah...that's about when the trend started...

    JUST KIDDING!!!:lol:

    I've got a circular bald spot on top in between the size of a beer can and an acoustic sound hole. I can't see it but can feel it after a day in the sun. I hate hats and I'd never shave my head. If it accelerates I'm just screwed...:D
     
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    Wearing a KFC bucket as a hat would save money by not having to buy hair oil.
     
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    Hats are strange things, I found a hat full of money yesterday, then I got attacked by some guy with a guitar. :(
     
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    Regarding the OP ... Easy ...

    After the gig ... take off the hat and possibly shades/glasses/fake beard etc ...

    Mingle/have a drink with the crowd .... if the comments are kind .... Covertly bask in the glory .... If they're not kind, quietly slip away incognito! :rolleyes:
     
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    Plus of course ....

     
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    Or ....
    Do you prefer a cat in a hat ... :cool:

     
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    Why?

    I got my first hat in 7th or 8th grade. Decades later I have a couple of fedoras, three or four good caps (some for warmer, some for colder), a panama, a few other straws, and one nice straw cowboy hat (I AM from Arizona, and have 2 bolos too). In "real" life I'm usually well-dressed and often wear a hat... and often get compliments. I like to look good and that goes for on-stage too.

    The only time I wear a ball cap is a on Saturday mornings in the yard or at the donut shop.

    No one I play with is asked, or expected, to wear one.
     
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    Well, at 57 I have half the hair and twice the weight that I had at 17. But to be honest, I always did wear a hat or a bandana or a sweatband or something. I have always had a tenancy to sweat a lot under stage lights, and having it run into my eyes and float my contacts has caused more than one anxious moment.
     
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    I will never wear a hat on stage. When i go bald, and it wont be long now, i will shave the lot off and join a ska band.
     
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    After 208 posts, I'm totally convinced that I don't need to wear a hat on stage.
    Thank you all for your stories about stage lights, baldness, coolness, style etc.........
     
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    I've always worn hats. When I was a kid I used to collect them - all sorts of hats from fedoras to military and uniform hats. Now I pretty much wear a fedora all the time except in the really hot weather when it will be a woven pork pie or a straw hat or panama. I just like hats. And on stage they keep the sweat and lights out of your eyes. Just my $0.05...

    (Oh, and like my Mama taught me, I take it off indoors and in restaurants. Polite-like.)
     
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    I'm pretty sure you look awesome in anything, James!:)
     
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    What bothers me even more than hats are sunglasses. A drag and you can't eye and cue fellow musicians, or follow their whims. If the hats covers the eyes too, yes, it's a drag. Sombreros; no.
     
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    Probably already been covered, but my guess is they either like hats, or they have an issue with the sun and/or stage lights blinding them so in an effort to keep stinging sweat and blinding light out of their eyes, they don something with a brim or bill. May also do it to prevent glair off of chrome domes. Maybe a little combination of all of the above.
     
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    I sweat enough when playing a gig and the few times I tried wearing a hat during a gig it was gone about halfway through the first set. And, as far as those pork pie hats go,my mother put one of those on my head to go with a suit she got me one Easter, I was about 5 years old. I hated that thing, so therefore I wouldn't be caught dead wearing one of those,but that's just me.
     
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    I'm not bald, and I don't like wearing hats.
     
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    I do remember the main gang in Clockwork Orange had bowlers, and there was another gang with top hats, so there has to be one with pork pie hats as well.
     
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    Every year that goes by I get a little thinner on top. I can't imagine wearing a hat all the time. Not sure what i'll do when all my hairs gone. A hair hat maybe? Maybe a big 80's hair metal wig?
     
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    A few possible reasons:

    1) A hat with a brim can keep bright stage lights out of your eyes while playing.

    2) A hat with a good sweat band can help keep sweat from running down your face (again, into your eyes) while playing.

    3) Baldness.

    4) Style.
     
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