My band has been going pretty well over the past year. We've had steady gigs for a while now. However, lately I feel like things are getting a little stale, so I've decided to do some things to shake things up a bit.
Since the places we play have audiences that want to hear classic rock and country/country-rock, I purposely eliminated the heavier songs we do from our setlist (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motorhead). We can still play them if somebody requests them, but otherwise, we'll leave them out. Last night, no one requested the heavy stuff anyway (they were asking for OLD country instead lol), so I guess that was the right move to make.
Another thing I'm going to try at tonight's gig is to move spots around. For years, I have set up my stuff on Stage Left, but I'm going to switch spots with my bass player. It will be a different perspective and it might make things feel a little fresher as far as stage moves and all that.
On break, we talked again about having an expanded version of ourselves for bigger events (wedding dances, private parties, street dances, New Year's Eve). In that version of our band, we would be similar to how the group was in 2011. We'd find a great bassist/harmony vocalist (preferably one that could sing a few songs too), I would switch off between lead guitar and keyboards and my cousin would become the 2nd lead guitarist/vocalist. We can do a lot more songs justice that way.
The "2 bands - same members" thread rekindled a couple ideas I had regarding separate projects. I mentioned to the guys that it would be cool to have another version of us, but playing different music. I would love to play music like Seether, Chevelle, Black Keys, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, etc. but in these clubs, people would look at us funny (and have before). So, we'll probably experiment with having another version of us (with a different name, of course) that does the modern rock PRS guitar-tuned-to-Drop C style of music and find audiences that like that sort of stuff.
I'd also like to try to have a third band that would be more along the lines of Hairball. After watching them last weekend, I realized how much I missed playing a lot of those fun, BIG songs from the 70s and 80s. That lineup would be a bit more difficult, as we would have to find a great frontman to hit the high notes, get the crowd riled up and basically put on a hell of a show. I would switch off on guitar and keys in that group as well and get an amazing lead player that can play that stuff note-for-note and again, a great bassist and drummer. This third idea is more of a long shot, though.
Anyway, those are just a few ideas I have to inject some more freshness into the group. Do you guys have any ideas you've tried out or want to try out in the future with your bands?