Threatin t-shirt appears on eBay to raise cash for charity

Jered Threatin became the talk of the rock and metal world earlier this month after his disastrous UK tour.

Band members quit amid accusations that Threatin had faked an online fanbase, had duped venues with false ticket sales and, as a result, the guitarist played to empty venues (opens in new tab).

Threatin, aka Jered Eames, then claimed last week that the joke was on us and that the whole thing had been an elaborate hoax (opens in new tab). Was it? Who knows.

But a couple of music fans actually went to the show in Manchester before the situation surrounding the tour became more widely known.

Mel and Tim from the group Aonia (opens in new tab) turned up, with Mel reporting that she felt bad for the band for playing to a tiny crowd and bought a t-shirt.

Now, Mel has put the t-shirt on eBay (opens in new tab), with the money raised going towards The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (opens in new tab).

Mel says: “Other than one member of the support bands, we were the only people who watched Threatin's set.

“At the time, the internet hadn't lost its collective mind over the story. I felt bad for them coming so far to play to so few people, so I bought a t-shirt.

“Having received tweets and comments offering to buy it, I have decided to sell the t-shirt and donate the money to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.”

Mel adds: “The whole thing is just bizarre and fascinating at the same time... and now you can own a part of it while giving something back.”

The eBay auction ends on Wednesday evening UK time, and at the time of writing, there have been 33 bids for the t-shirt, with the winning price currently sitting at £132.

Scott looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.