14 of the craziest musical stage props


Forget fantastic songwriting, mind-blowing technical chops, or even plain old stunning good looks: all of them are passé at this point. Nowadays, everyone knows the only way to take your music career to the next level is a good stage prop or intriguing gimmick; something in the live show that makes people stand up and take notice.

“Whoa! This band has a robot playing maracas! They are worth my time and eventually, perhaps an infinitesimally small portion of my money!” is what you’re aiming for here.

A funk mothership, a demonic pentagram, or even just a mystical plastic skull staff for those who don’t want to break the bank will do wonders for your profile, and the best part is: you don’t even have to write better music! To get you inspired, here are 15 of the most memorable stage props and gimmicks that artists have hauled out over the years.


Flavor Flav’s Clock

Ask anyone: the first image that pops into their mind whenever anyone says the words “Public Enemy” (well OK, after Chris Brown) is Flavor Flav frozen mid-exhortation, complete with gigantic clock necklace flying away from his body. Chuck D’s impassioned, incendiary polemics are a distant second, much to Chuck’s probable chagrin. “The reason why I wear this clock is because it represents time being the most important element in our life, “ says Flav, who started out just wearing stopwatches around his neck before being dared to graduate to full-sized clocks.