Back to the Navy Club
I love playing the Navy Club. It's a great little venue, and they're always nice to us. I made them very happy the first time we played, because I got quite a few people out. The second time, we didn't do as well, but they didn't appear to hold it against us.
Tomorrow night (Saturday night,) I seem to have a lot of enthusiastic people coming back. It's a nice early show (7-11 pm,) which is good when you want to get people out who don't keep late hours any more.
Here is the set list:
Always on the Run
Train Kept 'a Rollin'
Rockin' in the Free World
Give me One Reason
Hate Myself for Lovin' You
Rocky Mountain Way
Beast of Burden
One Way or Another
Turn the Page (maybe - this will depend on the audience)
Ten Inch Record
Knocking on Heaven's Door
We Will Rock You
Tie Your Mother Down
While my Guitar Gently Weeps
I Hate my Life
Piece of my Heart
Voodoo Child (slight return)
Dead or Alive
I'm the Only One
Long Tall Sally
Whole Lotta Love
As you can see, almost all "modern" songs have been taken off the set list for this show. This is a Classic Rock audience, and "I Hate my Life" is the only song on the whole list from this Century.
Then you have just a handful of songs from the nineties, a couple from the eighties, and the majority of the set list are rooted in the seventies.
I'm excited about this show. Rehearsals have been incredible lately. We have nice sounding keys on the songs that need them; a nice "empty" sound for a lot of songs that really lets the song breathe, and not so much clutter; Scott's drums are sounding fantastic lately, with a nice resonant bottom end; I have the five string tuned D-G-C-F-A, and the strings are so tight you could use that thing to shoot an arrow, so there's a nice deep sound for the songs I am using it on; all the pieces are in place for a really great show.
Let me just tell you, I'm not in this for the fame, or the money, or even to play on a great stage.
What I INSIST upon is tight, well-played songs played to an appreciative audience. If I have that, I don't really care about anything else.
You don't want to dance in the end zone. You want to be an experienced pro, and act like it's not your first time there. Well, I have to point out that entire games, even seasons go by that you don't GET in the end zone, and so the turf there is pretty darned sweet.
I will always be the teenager that dreamed of being a rock star, and when I say that, I don't mean lines of coke, limos, lots of women, or any of that stuff. I'm talking about playing great music, while the audience is just DIGGING it.
Will I get that tomorrow? You don't know, of course, but all signs point to "yes." That's all I ask.
Whipping Post! I like our arrangement, and I think we can do it justice.
The Chain! Man, that might be the best thing we ever put on our set list. Arthur will be singing the Christine McVie parts, and God bless him for it. I will be Lindsey, and my wife will be Stevie Nicks, of course. Scott is doing a total Mick Fleetwood impression, right down to the stiff wrists, and tribal sounds. I've never seen him so pumped as he is to play these two songs, and he is just really sounding great. I almost wish I was in the audience, instead of in the band.
We won't get to all the songs, of course. Something will get cut, and it will depend a lot on the audience. We're getting to that point where we have enough material that we could play six full sets, and I can see a future where we could do more like eight, which just gives us the freedom to rotate songs in and out more.
The scene is DYING in this town, people. I've seen numerous bands play to almost empty rooms; (including us,) I've seen venues cancel all their shows more times than you would believe; I mean, building a following here, especially on all Classic Rock is a daunting task.
So all that's left is to play a great show, and go back to work on Monday. Nothing will have changed. I won't get signed to a major label. My life will be no different than it ever was before. But hopefully, I will be able to take pride in having played a great show, on our own terms.
hey if you're playing a navy club you should do that in the navy song
I play a lot of the same songs and have a very similar attitude.... Play well, bring people if you can, make sure the crowd dances and has fun... and make damned sure the crowd thinks/sees the band is having fun.
I think the "it's just a paid practice" attitude is BS when playing to a small crowd. No wonder bars are cancelling gigs and people don't go see bands as much anymore (smoking and drinking and driving laws aside)... It isn't fun to watch bored stiffs on stage.
When I play, I could care less if it is in front of 20 or 2000 people... I still play my best and have a great time... Sounds like you are the same.:bassist:
Nice - but not many songs listed in those sets - I’m guessing you really extend/jam the songs out?
4 sets for a three hour gig?????
PS: in regards to my question above I missed the 3hr part.
OP - 4 sets? How long (min) is each set? :confused:
Always enjoy reading your setlists Mellow. Keep it low and keep it real.
That's all Eastern time.
Voodoo Child is six to eight weeks.
Freebird is a solid ten minutes.
We'll be lucky if we can play them all.
Arthur has a pickup truck with a topper. Loading that thing sucks. Today, he has a scrimmage for his rugby team, and so I rented a U-Haul trailer for about $18.00. I had the trailer hitch put on this spring, and I was going to buy a trailer of my own, but the furnace blew, and there went about four grand. So maybe next spring I get a trailer.
So my wife and I just loaded the PA, her fridge of a bass amp, and all the other gear into that trailer, and let me tell you, it was a lot easier than loading that pickup truck! I am going to tell Arthur to stop bringing the truck. It's a gas pig; it's ready to fall apart at any time, and I much prefer the trailer. Everyone worries because I drive like a maniac, but do they seriously think I would do that with all MY gear towed behind me?
Anyway, the trailer is loaded, and Krystal and I will drive the gear down to the show, and load it in ourselves. I think Arthur might be taking a cut in pay tonight. He will probably be there after the Drummer, and I'm sorry, in my world, that is just not acceptable.
I like the pace of today so far. I am very relaxed. I am so much better to be around when I am like this. It's like I'm two guys. This guy would be very popular. That other guy? He's REALLY a dick.
Lately we have been doing 3 sets, 60 on, 20 off.
Bars seem to like the 3 set format better as there are less breaks and it tends to keep the crowd as the night wears on.
It depends on the audience, and the overall vibe.
It also shows all of us cover bands are not the same. We do not play any of those songs, however I would like to add Tush & Voodoo Child (Orinthia's version)
Were not far apart though, we just added "Fire" & "Sunshine Of Your Love" ( Orinthia's version)
Were using Orinthia's version because they're more danceable
( at least Sunshine Of Your Love) and should go over betterin clubs.
That was totally cool. We did every song, except Turn the Page. I grabbed the wrong harp on Ten Inch Record, and while the band was jamming in A, I played my A hapr. (instead of the D, which would be correct.) Too many instruments. I got it right for the second harmonica part, and no one really noticed (an A harp when the song is in A means no bad notes, but it also means no chromatic notes, either)
Not quite as many people showed up as I had hoped, but quite a few did, and Betty seemed happy. I told her I had been talking up how good her pizza is, and she said, "come to think of it, I think every single table ordered Pizza."
Arthur didn't help load in, or load out, and we docked his pay. He cried about it, and asked, "what about Scott?" and I told him that if Scott is going to be required to load in and load out our gear, we are going to have to help him with his drum gear. As it was, Scott took pity on us, and did help us load out, so we stuck around and helped him with his gear.
From now on, we are going to have a rule; load in and out is 1/2 of the job, and so if you don't load in, or you don't load out, you only get half the pay.
I would prefer to give you all your pay, and you help me with the loading.
Fun night; great response to both Whipping Post and The Chain, and that's what I was most excited about in the first place.
Thanks for the indulgence. Just a gig, but lately, a gig with an actual audience is a big deal.
Another note, before I go to bed. I played Oh! Darling and The Chain on the Affinity V that I have tuned D-G-C-F-A, and that bass sounded fantastic. Using that B string as a D just makes it really sound great. I have some strings on the way that are the sizes recommended by the Circle K guy, and they are almost as heavy as the ones on there.
That song really sounded great. I think it can sound better though. We shall now embark upon the task of "improving it."
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