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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Dadocaster, Aug 21, 2021.

  1. Wrighty

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    Discussion going on within my fledgling covers band at the moment. Added complication is that a lot of the stuff that fits all three criteria is beyond our capabilities!
     
  2. Sparque

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    I play both.

    Between covers and originals, there's enough bandwidth (and material available) there to keep the music going that will entertain and inform.

    If I play something boring or uninspiring, shame on me.
    ;)
     
  3. Wayne Adams

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    all of the above
     
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    It's been a while (mid-00's) but it was danceable soft or classic rock covers in a band that mainly did corporate events and similar gigs.

    Me and a couple of friends tried to get an alt-country originals act going a few years ago but it was a failure to launch. Writing decent original songs that your bandmates like isn't easy.
     
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    Played what I was being paid to play. Most of which I liked. But I was a sub/session side guy invitee; not my call. (Other than Mustang Sally. Standard response amoung every ensemble I played with was "don't know it.")

    Except...a small lounge in an upscale hotel I played, as part of a jazz trio / quartet sometimes quintet, sorta regularly, mostly for fun. Then we played only what we wanted to play. We didn't take tips, or requests...not out of arrogance, just comfort. Ours.
     
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    I play what I like. If they like it...fine.
     
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    I’m not playing out at the moment, though I have years of gigging experience.

    We always played good music that was focused at bringing in women. The gals are no different than us in they love good music from all genres, especially they can dance to. We tried to start about ten minutes early. I preferred to play three sets a night, 1 1/2 hour first and second set, with a hour last set. Breaks just long enough to pee and say hello to people in the audience…not your friends, paying customers.
     
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    ibdrkn1 Senior Stratmaster

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    I play only covers. There are millions of great songs so it's easy to pick something we like that others will like too.

    IMO there is no point in playing for the crowd only. If you aren't really into it, it shows.
     
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  9. Dadocaster

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    Saw more bands tonight, all original, all doing their own thing. A band that kicks ass just goes ahead and kicks ass whether it's totally your bag or not. Guess I will just play whatever I want and try to get good.
     
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    We were a Classic Hard Rock and Metal Band that played for free. We leaned toward your latter comment - what we liked to play was the most important - but we had to stick to the genre we advertised we were. There were always several songs in the set that someone in the band didn't like to play, but that is part of the give and take in a band. I loved to do Rainbow on the Dark and people like that song, but several others wouldn't do it because we didn't have the keyboard player. I hated doing Radar Love but the other 3 liked it so we did it. I would say 75% of the set we all liked to play. We never got a complaint from anyone in the audience on any songs we did. If we were being paid to play, we would likely refine our set to be a bit more consistent and remove a few of the more classic rock songs.

    Here was our set list - even the classic rock ones were played with a more metal/hard rock vibe. The underlined ones we did because the other 3 really liked to play them, but are not ones I liked to do. Give and Take -- so I did them.

    • Living After Midnight - Judas Priest;
    • Man in the Box - Alice in Chains;
    • Radar Love – Golden Earring;
    • Paranoid - Black Sabbath;
    • Detroit Rock City - Kiss;
    • Big City Nights - Scorpions;
    • Rockin is My Business – 4 Horsemen;
    • Mr. Crowley - Ozzy;
    • Say What You Will - Fastway;
    • Metal Health – Quiet Riot;
    • Stranglehold – Ted Nugent;
    • Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent;
    • Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites;
    • Ain't Talkin Bout Love - Van Halen;
    • TNT – AC/DC;
    • Mob Rules - Black Sabbath;
    • Turn Up The Night - Black Sabbath;
    • Lady Evil - Black Sabbath;
    • You Really Got Me – Van Halen/Kinks;
    • Saturday Night Special – Lynyrd Skynyrd;
    • Problem Child – AC/DC;
    • Jail Break – Thin Lizzy;
    • The Zoo – Scorpions;
    • Heavy Metal – Sammy Hagar;
    • War Pigs - Black Sabbath;
    • Love Ain’t No Stranger - Whitesnake;
    • Schools Out – Alice Cooper
    • Back For More - Ratt;
    • Way Cool Jr. - Ratt
     
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    In nearly every band I've ever been in it's always been a combination of those factors that went into song selection.

    It seemed easier back in the '60s-'80s since many people were listening to the same bands or solo artists.

    But as we moved into the '90s and since it seems the musical tastes of fans of live music narrowed and club bands "styled" themselves in certain ways based mostly on the musical genre they covered; Classic Rock, Country Rock, Hard Rock, Punk, Metal, etc.

    Within those genres we covered I always aimed to be as eclectic as possible so that during the course of an hour long set we had covered something that would appeal to the majority of the crowd. That formula seemed to have worked. We were always booked.
     
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  12. Dadocaster

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    We write at dawn!

    Time to scribble and quibble!

    Not going to worry about it anymore. Energetic and interesting is all I am going to worry about.
     
  13. Ferpie

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    If I'm playing out I play what they like

    i have MORE THAN ENOUGH time at home to play what I like.
     
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    Whatchu doin here?
    Didn't you get married yesterday?
    Ain't you supposed to be getting busy?
     
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    I’d like to be in a band. A covers band. Both my last bands were original material bands, which was great fun, but limiting in audience somewhat.

    I guess I’d play the covers I want to play that the audience want to hear. But NO ‘Sex On Fire’ or ‘Mr Brightside’ or ‘Dakota’ for me. I draw the line that those tracks, good as though they may be
     
  16. Ferpie

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    Hahaha being the father of 2 toddlers my internal clock is set on 6:45 am no matter what happens

    everyone around here is knocked out im just chilling :p
     
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    My only regular gigging band was all originals, so I guess we played what we wanted.
     
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    A place near me had an open Blues jam, and the owner had posted a list of songs he claimed were not allowed:

    Mustang Sally
    Crossroads
    Spoonful
    Johnny B. Goode
    ETC

    Got up there with my oldest son on Bass and a friend on Drums and tore up "Mustang", "Crossroads" and "Hoochie Coochie Man"

    Ride Sally Ride indeed...
     
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    Congrats on the wedding.
     
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    I play both kinds of music....
    Country AND Western......
     
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