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  • What's your opening song(s) and why?

    For us....



    ...at weddings we usually start with "Celebration". Obvious.



    At "dance party" events it's usually "Boogie Oogie Oogie". Easily recognizable to most age groups and a good dance-floor filler without being too raucous or jarring for their ears. Plus the arrangement is a good one for the sound guy to get the mix happening.



    If it's a more rockin' or concert-type event, we'll usually start with either "Heartbreaker" or "Raise Your Glass" depending on the general age of the audience.
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  • #2
    if its an early gig we start with something a bit mellower like Margaritaville, what I got, or Home by philip Phillips or something like that.



    If its a later start (9 or 9:30) depending on the crowd/place we may still open with something mellower or just something straight and non-cheesy/goofy like recently we have been doing one of these:



    * Hey Jealousy/Two princes

    * Drive-by

    * Animal/everybody talks

    *Inside Out/ What I Got

    * Laid
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    • #3
      Still of the Night - Whitesnake, Dr Feelgood - Crue, Love Removal Machine - The Cult, I Don't Wanna Stop - Ozzy.... all been standard openers for us.



      Ours is a straight rock deal, always. Prefer to set the tone from the get go.
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      • #4
        We're a straight up rock cover band, going on about 9:30. We still start on the quieter side of our set most of the time, though:



        Black Crowes - "Hard to Handle"

        Spin Doctors - "Two Princes"

        Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?"

        Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
        Music, music, I hear music

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        • #5
          Here are the setlists for the next two gigs, a Halloween Party and a wedding. In both instances, an older crowd will be there so the first set will have more of the older classic rock than the middle set. Almost always start off with the first ones listed below except for weddings, the only change is Walkin on Sunshine is moved up to first with Smooth second.









          Set I 90



          Hit Me with your best shot

          Smooth

          Jessies Girl

          Are You Gonna go My Way

          Jenny Jenny

          Bad Case of Lovin You

          Old Time Rock and Roll

          Hold On Loosely

          Hard To Handle

          I love Rock and Roll

          Honky Tonk Woman

          You Shook Me All Night Long













          Set II 10:30



          Jump

          Workin For the Weekend

          Just Dance

          Billie Jean

          Don't Stop Believing

          Brickhouse

          Rebel Yell

          Rock N Roll

          Sweet Child of Mine

          Just Like Heaven

          Beat It

          Play that Funky Music

          Anyway you want it

          Your Love

          Firework







          Set III 12:10

          Every Rose Has It's Thorn

          Pour some sugar on me

          Respect

          Walking On Sunshine

          Sharp Dressed Man

          Summer of 69 *

          R & R All Night Long

          Walk This Way

          What I like abt U/Medley

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          • #6
            varies every night.
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            • #7
              Living After Midnight works great for us in our genre.

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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by stdio
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                Living After Midnight works great for us in our genre.




                we used to always open our last set with it back when we played it.
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                -(2) Celestion G12M-70 16 ohm guitar speakers in good condition $40 ea. + shipping.<br />
                - Vox VT15 Valvetronix very clean - $85 + shipping<br />
                - Hughes Kettner Edition Tube 20 (the early Voxy sounding one) Sounds &amp; looks good. $250 + shipping. <b>SOLD</b><br />
                - Crate Palomino V8 - 10&quot; Celestion - Very clean - on Ebay (sold)</div>

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                • #9
                  Lots of times we start with a Gear Daddies song (TIME HEALS or STUPID BOY) since they are still really popular around here.
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                  -set of GFS Dream 90s- gold and black pearl- $40 shipped in the cont. US<br />
                  -(2) Celestion G12M-70 16 ohm guitar speakers in good condition $40 ea. + shipping.<br />
                  - Vox VT15 Valvetronix very clean - $85 + shipping<br />
                  - Hughes Kettner Edition Tube 20 (the early Voxy sounding one) Sounds &amp; looks good. $250 + shipping. <b>SOLD</b><br />
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                  • #10
                    We are a country band with a somewhat "different" sound than the typical country bands in our area. Many times we start out with an old Waylon Jennings song called " Lonesome, Onry and Mean". It has a good driving beat with an attitude. Other times we will start with "Redneck Girl" or a more milder song like "some Beach."

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                    • #11
                      I have no idea why, but I seem to gravitate to 3AM by Matchbox for younger crowds or Slip Sliding Away for older crowds...
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                      • #12
                        Depends on the gig ... but in general, for bar gigs - we open with something on the "lighter" side of the list. More often than not we're starting as the crowd is transitioning from being a dinner crowd to being a drinking/dancing crowd. Start out too hard - and the dinner crowd tends to bolt. A couple of middle of the road tunes ... and we're up to speed. If the drinking/dancing crowd is there waiting for us to start ... we'll come out with both barrels blazing.
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                        • #13
                          Varies by gig.



                          Last night it was Don't Change by INXS.
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                          • #14
                            i got mine-black keys



                            no reason.
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                            • #15
                              For one band, it's usually The Killers' When You Were Young. We open with it because it's a pretty good opener, but whenever we tried putting anywhere else in the set, it never felt like a good fit. So it's kinda become our opener by default.



                              For my other band, it's usually Nothin' But a Good Time. We like to open with a good, uptempo rocker, and it features a decent amount of backing vocals, for fine-tuning the mix.

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