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Why do lots of performers wear black when on stage?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Hevy T, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I always wondered why this is. Too many do it for it to be coincidence!!
  2. cableguy

    cableguy Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    it must be the slimming effect.......
  3. dickfitts


    Jan 18, 2012
    I do it to look badass...also, less than 300 lbs.
  4. Anthony Fury

    Anthony Fury

    Jan 20, 2009
    I just do it to hide spaghetti / pizza stains. It also has a slimming effect (see first sentence).
  5. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Doesn't show the dirt. Same reason I wear black in the office. And in bed.
  6. Anthony Fury

    Anthony Fury

    Jan 20, 2009
    Cableguy beat me to it!!! :hyper:
  7. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead!

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    It matches nearly anything!!
  8. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    To showcase my awesome collection of cat hair.
  9. aguacateojos

    aguacateojos Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Really? Nobody has said it yet? To hide the sweat!
  10. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    all of the above, plus Johnny Cash made it look good so why not?
    I have a half dozen black long sleeved shirts that I purchased for playing private events gigs. So that has become my 'uniform'. Stage Black is what they call it in the stage hands and rigging biz.
    But I DO think it's a good idea to dress differently than your audience dresses - it sets you apart as the entertainment and not one of the attendees...and black usually accomplishes that.
  11. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    To match my rig and I wasn't too keen to gig when I had an Orange amp and cab. But I take this way, I might have influence Ricky Fowler.

    Edit: My amp is now black...
  12. Raymeous


    Jul 2, 2010
    San Diego
    Floating heads?
  13. +1 Black is also often thought of as a color for "professionals" (IE; business) and it works well on stage too. A old band leader from a previous band demanded black pants for the stage to set us apart from the audience and I learned to agree with him over time. It all adds up to the way you present yourself, do you want to be remembered (hopefully positively) or forgotten? Your sound alone will often not be enough to get you noticed unless you are the next Hendrix or something.
  14. Black is 'slimming.'

  15. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I've been in bands in which sidemen were asked to wear black as a sort of stage camouflage to help the conspicuously attired front man/woman stand out.
  16. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Hendrix wore women's clothes on stage! That's what gave him his rock & roll flash
  17. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I have worn black predominately all my life, I usually wear it on stage as well since I'm a sweater.
  18. Same here.
  19. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Pit bands wear black so they're less conspicuous should someone peer into the pit. Same with stage hands, etc.
  20. lhoward


    Apr 27, 2003
    Western NY State

    That's what I've always assumed, although no one's ever said it as a policy in over 49 years of playing. It just seemed to be the understood 'uniform of the day (or night)'. Besides, black is a classy color and mixes well with just about everything.

    Lloyd Howard

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