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    Hey again. Been out of this game for a few years but I am about to jam with some guys (new potential project) and I am concerned that given the makeup of the band that the affair is in grave danger of landing squarely in "dad band" territory both setlist and stage presentation.

    Just wondering if the cover band folks could say whats been working - or not working anymore - with genres and/or song selection

    I know this use to be a topic floated around regularly when I was here a few years ago but I didnt see any real recent threads on this.

    Thanks guys
    Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

  • #2
    Not your typical cover band. Old fart or dead people music that still gets the youngsters attention.
    Set One for Bishop’s 3/18
    1 R&R Ruby
    2 Rock This Town
    3 Mary Lou
    4 Honey Don’t
    5 Loaded Gun-RevH Heat
    6 The Way I Walk
    7 Fire
    8 Amos Moses
    9 Highway patrol-Jr Brown
    10 Hot Rod Lincoln
    11 Folsom Prison Blues
    12 Blues Stay Away
    13 Move it on Over (slide)
    14 Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman (slide)
    15 My Gal is Red Hot
    16 Stick Shiftin -orgig inst.
    17 Summertime Blues
    18 Dead Flowers

    Set Two: for Bishop’s 3/18
    1 Rumble
    2 Voodoo Cadillac-Sou Culture on the Skids
    3 Pride and Joy
    4 Surf Medley
    5 Ain’t Livin Long Like This
    6 Pretty Pickin-orig
    7 Chevy Van
    8 11 Months and 29 Days-Johnny Paycheck(blues)
    9 Don’t Think Hank(done it thisaway)
    10 Pins and Needles
    11 Crossroads (slide)
    12 Who Do You Love (slide)
    13 Money
    14 Last Kiss
    15 Stray Cat Strut
    16 Steppin Stone
    17 Copperhead Road

    Set Three for Bishop’s 3/18
    1 Honky Tonk Woman
    2 Too Many Guitars-orig
    3 Put a Spell On You
    4 Cotton Fields
    5 Match Box
    6 Baby Please Don’t Go
    7 Kalija
    8 Everybody Needs to Be MY Baby
    9 Steady Rollin Man
    10 Squeeze Box
    11 I Drink Alone
    12 Race With the Devil
    13 Youngblood
    14 Not Fade Away
    15 Guitars Cadillacs
    16 Secret Agent Man
    17 Keep Your Hands To Yourself
    Last edited by Pine Apple Slim; 02-28-2017, 07:17 PM.

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    • GoldJim
      GoldJim commented
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      Can I join your band?

      Anyone playing Highway Patrol, Chevy Van, and Money in a set with these songs is all right in my books.

    • capitalist
      capitalist commented
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      I played on RHH's "Love Whip". Rock on!

  • #3
    something we used recently
    Set 1
    EVERYBODY MEDLEY
    • Everybody Talks
    • You May Be Right
    • Magic Carpet Ride
    • American Girl

    Semi Charmed

    ALL STAR MEDLY
    • All Star
    • I’m A believer
    • Get A Job

    Locked Out of Heaven/
    Somebody I used to know


    BLISTER MEDLEY
    • Blister
    • Happy
    • Tequila

    Small Things

    BEV HILLS MEDLEY
    • Bev Hills
    • 1985
    • Stacy's Mom

    KC MEDLEY
    • Get Down Tonight
    • December 63
    • Shut Up And Dance
    Set 2
    Impression Medley
    • Impression
    • La Vida Loca

    Uptown Funk/ Cake by The Ocean

    Staying Alive/ Hot in Here

    Summer 69 MEDLEY
    • Summer 69
    • Your Love
    • Sweet Child
    • 500 Miles
    • Jesse’s Girl
    • Authority Song
    • Jenny
    • Footloose

    HOTSTEP MEDLEY
    • Hotstepper
    • Jump Around
    • Ride Wit Me
    • Thong Song
    • Billie Jean

    Twist N Shout

    Forget You/ Love Train

    Dynamite

    You Shook Me

    Set 3
    Funky Music / Roadhouse

    80S HAIR BAND MEDLEY
    • Talk Dirty
    • Pour Sugar
    • We’re Not Gonna Take It
    • Sedated
    • Rebel Yell

    LAID MEDLEY
    • Laid
    • What I Got
    • Tubthumping

    Buttercup/ 8 Days

    NEW AGE MEDLEY
    • New Age Girl
    • Hey Jealousy
    • 2 princes

    Sweet Caroline

    My Own Worst Enemy
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    • AJ6stringsting
      AJ6stringsting commented
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      What a creative set list ...👍

  • #4
    Not sure ours has changed all that much since the last time I posted it a couple of years ago....lol. But here's what we did at the last wedding we played:


    Set 1
    Dm BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE

    F#m BILLIE JEAN

    F SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED, IM YOURS

    E YOUR LOVE

    D JESSIE'S GIRL

    C LOVE SHACK

    Em STAYIN' ALIVE/ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL/EmRAPPER'S DELIGHT/GOOD TIMES/Bm GET LUCKY

    Bb WALKING ON SUNSHINE

    Dm UPTOWN FUNK

    F AT LAST

    Ab I WANT YOU BACK/ABC

    G ANY WAY YOU WANT IT

    EbSHOUT



    SET 2


    Em SINGLE LADIES (bouquet toss)

    C CAN'T STOP THE FEELING/EbWANT TO WANT ME/DSTARSHIPS/Ebm LOW/E DYNAMITE

    Ab I DON’T CARE I LOVE IT

    Am PUSH IT/Cm PUMP UP THE JAM/B WHOOMP! THERE IT IS/Bb GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT/B WANNABE/Ab GROOVE IS IN THE HEART

    E MICKEY/SHAKE IT OFF

    F# GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN/I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY

    AWAGON WHEEL

    E FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

    B FAITHFULLY

    EmLIVIN' ON A PRAYER

    E I LOVE ROCK N ROLL

    E
    POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME

    E DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'







    Last edited by guido61; 03-01-2017, 09:33 PM.
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    • #5
      Originally posted by Pine Apple Slim View Post
      Not your typical cover band. Old fart or dead people music that still gets the youngsters attention.
      Set One for Bishop’s 3/18
      1 R&R Ruby
      2 Rock This Town
      3 Mary Lou
      4 Honey Don’t
      5 Loaded Gun-RevH Heat
      6 The Way I Walk
      7 Fire
      8 Amos Moses
      9 Highway patrol-Jr Brown
      10 Hot Rod Lincoln
      11 Folsom Prison Blues
      12 Blues Stay Away
      13 Move it on Over (slide)
      14 Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman (slide)
      15 My Gal is Red Hot
      16 Stick Shiftin -orgig inst.
      17 Summertime Blues
      18 Dead Flowers

      Set Two: for Bishop’s 3/18
      1 Rumble
      2 Voodoo Cadillac-Sou Culture on the Skids
      3 Pride and Joy
      4 Surf Medley
      5 Ain’t Livin Long Like This
      6 Pretty Pickin-orig
      7 Chevy Van
      8 11 Months and 29 Days-Johnny Paycheck(blues)
      9 Don’t Think Hank(done it thisaway)
      10 Pins and Needles
      11 Crossroads (slide)
      12 Who Do You Love (slide)
      13 Money
      14 Last Kiss
      15 Stray Cat Strut
      16 Steppin Stone
      17 Copperhead Road

      Set Three for Bishop’s 3/18
      1 Honky Tonk Woman
      2 Too Many Guitars-orig
      3 Put a Spell On You
      4 Cotton Fields
      5 Match Box
      6 Baby Please Don’t Go
      7 Kalija
      8 Everybody Needs to Be MY Baby
      9 Steady Rollin Man
      10 Squeeze Box
      11 I Drink Alone
      12 Race With the Devil
      13 Youngblood
      14 Not Fade Away
      15 Guitars Cadillacs
      16 Secret Agent Man
      17 Keep Your Hands To Yourself
      Looks like a fun set, but DANG---that's a LOT of songs!
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      • #6
        Originally posted by guido61 View Post

        Looks like a fun set, but DANG---that's a LOT of songs!
        At bars were expected to go 4 hrs 9-1, with 2 reasonable breaks.
        We might skip 2 or 4 depending if the set is 50 min or 70 min.
        Most of our material come in at around 3 min. pretty darn short songs at pretty quick tempos. Lots of em only have 2 verses. .At most you get one guitar lead break and one harmonica break per tune.
        The guitarist /frontman does do a great job of remembering words tho.
        Were definitely not a jam band for sure, we rarely drag anything out.
        Last edited by Pine Apple Slim; 03-01-2017, 10:01 PM.

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        • #7
          Originally posted by Pine Apple Slim View Post

          At bars were expected to go 4 hrs 9-1, with 2 reasonable breaks.
          We might skip 2 or 4 depending if the set is 50 min or 70 min.
          Most of our material come in at around 3 min. pretty darn short songs at pretty quick tempos. Lots of em only have 2 verses. .At most you get one guitar lead break and one harmonica break per tune.
          The guitarist /frontman does do a great job of remembering words tho.
          Were definitely not a jam band for sure, we rarely drag anything out.

          That's good advice. Audiences have short attention spans these days. You gotta get in and out of the songs pretty quick. They aren't going to sit around for extended solos and multiple choruses. And to the degree a band is 'stretching it out' because they rather play one song for 6 minutes rather than go to the trouble of learning two-3 minutes songs? You're gonna pay for that laziness in the end, IMO. The band doing 18 songs an hour rather than 9 is going to get a better response and more work.
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          • Pine Apple Slim
            Pine Apple Slim commented
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            Yea it seems to be working.
            Plus it just occurred to me that a lot of this stuff was AM radio in its day, when the hits had to come in short.

          • guido61
            guido61 commented
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            Well, it's a fun set for sure. I'd probably be there doing shots all night long. Doesn't look like a set list for a band that has a keyboard player, but I'd sit in and make room for myself anyway.

        • #8
          Last band I was in, we covered music from mostly the 1980's Hair Metal era, Hard Rock / Classic Rock from the 1960's -1970's and an occasional Thrash tune here and there.

          Over the Mountain Ozzy
          Unbroken Pantera
          Stone Free Jimi Hendrix
          Shattered Rolling Stones
          Lights OuT. UFO
          Don't tell me you love me Night Ranger
          Master of Puppets. Metallica
          2112 Overture. Rush
          I'll see the light tonight Yngwie Malmsteen
          Sweet Child O mine GnR
          Burn Deep Purple
          Could Stand the weather SRV
          Big Trouble David Lee Roth
          Crying in the rain Whitesnake
          Mr. Crowley . Ozzy
          Nothing but a good time Poison
          No more Mr Nice guy. Alice Cooper
          The Rover. Led Zeppelin
          Red Barchetta. Rush
          Something Beatles
          Run to the hills Iron Maiden
          It's a Monster Extreme
          Eruption / You really got me Van Halen
          Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd
          Cowboys from hell. Pantera
          Into the fire Dokken
          I don't know Ozzy
          I want you (she's so heavy). Beatles
          Welcome to the Jungle GnR
          Don't close you eyes. Kixx
          Ironman /Children of the Grave / Ozzy
          In my dreams. Dokken
          Trooper Iron Maiden
          Rock Bottom. UFO
          Doctor Feel Good /Too young to fall in love Motley True
          Free Will Rush
          Rocking in the free world Neil Young
          One Metallica
          Snorting whiskey. Pat Travers
          Kashmir. Led Zeppelin
          Mean Streets Van Halen
          Man on the silver mountain Blackmore's Rainbow
          Round About /Changes Yes
          Cemetery Gates. Pantera
          Thick as a Brick / Aquillung Jethro Tull
          No more tears Ozzy
          Damn Good. David Lee Roth
          Born to be wild Stepenwolf ( good song to play if 1%'er bikers show at the gig)
          A$$ Hole Dennis Leary ( probably the best Irish / American song to learn, Incase, you can dedidicated to that aggressive heckler in the club / bar ).

          On top of that we did originals too.
          We practiced for eight months before we played our first gigs, sometime rehearsing 6 days a week.
          It got so bad , my wife locked me out of the house for a night, she left me a can of beans , corn, a can opener, plastic spoon and a can of soda from rehearsing so much ( which she shook the soda to explode on me ) with note saying, "You rehearse too much, today is your day, but tonight isn't your night and drew a face like this on the note 😜 .... As the Stones say, it's only Rock n Roll .
          Last edited by AJ6stringsting; 03-02-2017, 01:04 AM.

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          • #9
            Originally posted by guido61 View Post
            Not sure ours has changed all that much since the last time I posted it a couple of years ago....lol. But here's what we did at the last wedding we played:


            Set 1
            Dm BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE

            F#m BILLIE JEAN

            F SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED, IM YOURS

            E YOUR LOVE

            D JESSIE'S GIRL

            C LOVE SHACK

            Em STAYIN' ALIVE/ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL/EmRAPPER'S DELIGHT/GOOD TIMES/Bm GET LUCKY

            Bb WALKING ON SUNSHINE

            Dm UPTOWN FUNK

            F AT LAST

            Ab I WANT YOU BACK/ABC

            G ANY WAY YOU WANT IT

            EbSHOUT



            SET 2


            Em SINGLE LADIES (bouquet toss)

            C CAN'T STOP THE FEELING/EbWANT TO WANT ME/DSTARSHIPS/Ebm LOW/E DYNAMITE

            Ab I DON’T CARE I LOVE IT

            Am PUSH IT/Cm PUMP UP THE JAM/B WHOOMP! THERE IT IS/Bb GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT/B WANNABE/Ab GROOVE IS IN THE HEART

            E MICKEY/SHAKE IT OFF

            F# GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN/I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY

            AWAGON WHEEL

            E FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

            B FAITHFULLY

            EmLIVIN' ON A PRAYER

            E I LOVE ROCK N ROLL

            E
            POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME

            E DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'






            Thanks Guido! (You are one of the guys I remember btw - glad to see you're still knocking about here). Ya this is the sort of setlist I'd LIKE to be doing but I am more and more getting the feeling that this isnt going to go well.
            Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

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            • #10
              Originally posted by MikeyParent View Post
              Thanks Guido! (You are one of the guys I remember btw - glad to see you're still knocking about here). Ya this is the sort of setlist I'd LIKE to be doing but I am more and more getting the feeling that this isnt going to go well.
              Good to see you to! Yeah still knocking around. I'll be gigging until I die in one form or another I imagine. Just recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of my first paying gig. Crazy how the time flies.

              This set list is pretty sure-fire for us. Especially at weddings where we do more of an all-ages thing. Other events would see me switching out songs to fit the intended audience better. Someone's 60th birthday party might see me dropping that current-hits medley at the start of the 2nd set for some more classic rock songs, for example.

              And obviously it's a setlist written around a 2-female front.

              But good luck getting your new crew on board with what you want to do. If it helps you can tell them we got paid $4900 to do that schlocky setlist last time out. Which is what? 10-15 bar gigs these days?

              So yeah. Put a young pretty girl up front, play the hell out of some fun, familiar tunes, have a lot of energy on stage and knock 'me dead!
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              • #11
                Well interestingly ANOTHER potential opportunity has arisen (yesterday) with an event-based 80s party band which is RIGHT up my alley.Gut check time
                Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

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                • #12
                  Originally posted by MikeyParent View Post
                  Well interestingly ANOTHER potential opportunity has arisen (yesterday) with an event-based 80s party band which is RIGHT up my alley.Gut check time
                  ​There you go. Are they already established? Might be a lot easier to join an already established band than try to do the startup thing.
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                  • #13
                    Yes they are. I am just waiting to hear back if they actually have an opening #itscomplicated.

                    I have my own wacky band ideas but I know that the guys I am jamming with are not likely to be open to any of them :/
                    Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

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                    • #14
                      For reference the songs for this weekends jam are :

                      Try - Blue Rodeo
                      Just What I Needed - The Cars
                      White Wedding - Billy Idol
                      Blow at High Dough - The Tragically Hip

                      I guess not too far off what I would be doing in an 80s band but I just dont want to be stuck doing that stuff (or earlier) unless we are doing the full-on 80s thing
                      Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

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                      • #15
                        Originally posted by MikeyParent View Post
                        Yes they are. I am just waiting to hear back if they actually have an opening #itscomplicated.

                        I have my own wacky band ideas but I know that the guys I am jamming with are not likely to be open to any of them :/
                        The way to get band members on board with wacky ideas is being able to deliver gigs/crowds/money.

                        ​Most of the guys in my band didn't want to do what we are doing now at first either. I remember very clearly trying to convince them we should learn Jessie's Girl and them all moaning and groaning. I convinced them to go along with it and give it a try and the first time we played it half a dozen beautiful young girls rushed the stage to sing along and bounce their booties against our guitars and the rest was history.
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