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Rugs on Stage..??

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Badabing, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. Badabing

    Badabing Friend of Leo's

    Oct 13, 2009
    San Marcos, Ca
    I have always wondered what the deal is with Rugs on concert stages?? It is very common from what I have seen with many shows that the stage is covered with Rugs?

    Is that for sounds purposes? Aesthetics??

    Just curious..?
  2. rideit

    rideit Tele-Holic

    Jan 24, 2013
    Jackson, WY
    It's so Jerry and the boys can find the fractals in the black-tar 'persian', maaaaan
  3. RevMike

    RevMike Friend of Leo's

    Jul 15, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Done it. Less for asthetics and more for covering wires and cables so as to not trip and fall.
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  5. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 17, 2012
    Aesthetics, though sometimes it goes wrong. :D

  6. Badabing

    Badabing Friend of Leo's

    Oct 13, 2009
    San Marcos, Ca
    Well that last rug was for aesthetics for sure!!!
  7. Cat MacKinnon

    Cat MacKinnon Friend of Leo's

    Nov 13, 2011
    i think they serve a couple purposes (although i'm just guessing here.) using a big-name band as an example, Rush usually has a huge carpet covering their stage. in this case, i don't think they're meant to cover cables: in a pro setup like this, the cables are usually run along the edge or under the stage and out of the way. but, a lot of times the stage is made up of individual pieces that are placed together, next to each other (imagine a bunch of long buffet tables set next to each other.) anyway, there are seams between these stage pieces, and i think the carpet helps to cover them and keep the musicians from tripping.

    actually, i think the traction thing is probably the main aspect of the carpets. for whatever reason, every stage i've ever seen has been smooth and slick. i think the main reason for the rugs is just to give the performers a little traction so they're not slipping. plus, for bands that are on long tours and running around on hard stage surfaces every night, it's probably more comfortable to stand on. i would imagine that if it starts raining at an outdoor venue it could get pretty dicey running around a wet stage!

    i don't know, and i'm just guessing here. i've always been a little curious about that myself, but never had the opportunity to ask anyone that would know.
  8. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    I think it would be cool to have shag or astroturf carpet on stage!!

  9. eddie knuckles

    eddie knuckles Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 11, 2008
    Worcester, MA
    Soft surfaces are more comfortable to stand on for four hours a night.
  10. ghostdad

    ghostdad TDPRI Member

    Oct 20, 2012
    Havertown, PA
    Richard Ashcroft from the Verve used to always sing barefoot so he put a rug down. I seem to remember he was gifted a stage rug around the time Urban Hymns hit big.
  11. purpletele

    purpletele Friend of Leo's

    Neatness running cables.

    Deadens foot noise.


  12. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Friend of Leo's

    Mar 4, 2009
    who was the first to start the trend? I remember seeing Emerson Lake and Palmer in their heyday, about 1974, and Gregg Lake had a big zillion dollar persian rug to stand on. Never seen anybody do it before that... was he the first or is the tradition much older?
  13. studio1087

    studio1087 Doctor of Teleocity

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    CSN always have nice rugs.

    Croz once told me that it makes him feel at home.
  14. GigsbyBoyUK

    GigsbyBoyUK Friend of Leo's

    Apr 30, 2008
    Peterborough, UK
    I was stage crew once at a very small outdoor gig held on trailer. There were maybe 50 people in the crowd max at any time. We were running behind schedule and I told the next band this and asked them to be as quick as they could but they took ages dithering about getting the amps on stage and then tuning up.

    Finally we were nearly ready to go...and the guitarist disappeared for a few minutes and came pack with his stupid rug (AND CANDLES!) that he just had to have on stage. Oh and they were terrible.

    So Neil Young? You bet - have as many rugs as you like, man. But the rest of us lame wannabees? Maybe, maybe not.
  15. DonB52

    DonB52 Tele-Meister

    Jun 26, 2011
    Wenham, MA.
    I always liked it for the soft surface. I have a bad back and it helped a lot. On some stages, it stopped the noise of foot tapping, since I am a habitual foot tapper.
  16. hollowman

    hollowman Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2006
    Kansas City
    Our rugs are for mojo. Mojo rugs.
  17. RI G&L

    RI G&L TDPRI Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    Our band uses them and loves 'em. Hides cables, easier for standing on for a long period of time, looks nice(r).
  18. excellent urine and puke catcher...

    can get gamey after awhile, but the coin op car wash can fix that.
  19. ghostdad

    ghostdad TDPRI Member

    Oct 20, 2012
    Havertown, PA
    What's the best rug for blues?
  20. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 15, 2010
    Shows they bought other stuff in Marrakesh.

    WAG - Maybe Persian rugs don't generate as much static electricity as other cheaper nylon ones would.
  21. D in Conduct

    D in Conduct Tele-Meister

    Apr 3, 2003
    Rugs also keep the kick drum from sliding away from the drummer.
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