New Band 70's-90's Hard Rock Cover Band (set list question)
So as I posted earlier I am now out of the originals project I was in and within 20 minutes of serching for a new project I began talking to this guy trying to put together a 70's-90's Hard Rock Cover Band. He sent me a preliminary list of songs that he is thinking of. He has 2 guitars and drums lined up and is looking for male and potentially female vocals. Our first jam practice is September 9th and the songs he wants me to learn and work on are:
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Crazy Train - Ozzy
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Highway To Hell - AC/DC
When I Come Around - Green Day
My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns And Roses
Hard to Handle - Black Crows
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Walking the Dog - Aerosmith
The plan is to get these down and expand out from there. He asked me for suggestions for future songs.
So I am posing a couple of questions to you all, What songs on this current list work well for your guys sets and what other songs could i suggest that work well live?
The goal is to get this project off the ground and play out 1-2 weekends a month tops. We are all "part time musicians" who live other lives (one guy is an EMT, I am an Attorney, etc...)
I will also be the youngest in the group at 29, the others are all around 40 (just north or just south).
Thank you guys for your suggestions and help in advance. Also thank you all for your help in my other quandary over the past 7 months or so.
These are songs I have already suggested
Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen
Round and Round - Ratt
Enter Sandman - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
These are songs I've played out in the past:
Metallica: Seek & Destroy
Alice In Chains: Would, Man In The Box
Stone Temple Pilots: Sex Type Thing
Blink 182: Dammit, All The Small Things, What's My Age Again
Rage Against the Machine: Bulls On Parade
Green Day: Basket Case, American Idiot
Poison: Talk Dirty To Me
Counting Crows: Mr. Jones
Also, please note, I am relatively new to bass (1.5 years on the bass) but not new to playing in bands (17 years on drums, played my first paying gig in 2006 but prior to that I played out in front of crowds in non paying gigs)
This is the first band I am a part of where I did not know any of the members before joining (I responded to an ad on Craigslist and got a call from the guy within a couple of hours) We chatted for about 20 minutes and he told me that he listened to the samples of my playing that I sent him and the guys thought I would be a good fit.
EDIT: Also checkout their jukeboxes while you’re there too. ;)
Here are some suggestions you might entertain, lots of these have worked well in similar bands I've played in and I've done all of them on stage at least once. These are all tunes someone playing for 1.5 years should be able to pull off reasonably okay;
Just Wanna Make Love To You- Foghat
Slow Ride- Foghat (certain level of difficulty to this, though)
Rebel Yell- Billy Idol
Once Bitten, Twice Shy- Great White (yes,you can do it without piano)
Talk Dirty To Me- Poison
Wild Side- Motley Crue
Unskinny Bop- Poison
Sweet Emotion- Aerosmith
All Right Now- Free
Some Kind Of Wonderful- Grand Funk Railroad
You Give Love A Bad Name- Bon Jovi (again, certain level of difficulty)
Turn Up The Radio- Autograph
Shake Me- Cinderella
Gypsy Road- Cinderella
Bad Case Of Loving You- Robert Palmer
Hair Of The Dog- Nazareth
My Own Worst Enemy- Lit
Kryptonite- Three Doors Down
Big Balls- AC/DC (good shock factor in some places)
Who Made Who- AC/DC
Just a few that come to mind.
Here is some of our old set list. A lot of 80s with a few classic and a few modern thrown in. Best responses we had were from Jackyl, Drowning Pool, White Zombie, AC/DC and Wild Cherry.
Thunderkiss 65 (E) (White Zombie)
Say What You Will (E) (Fastway)
Bodies (C) (Drowning Pool)
Greed (C) (Godsmack)
Tush (E) (ZZ Top)
Sweet Little Sister (E) (Skid Row)
Ball To The Walls (E) (Accept)
Never Enough (Eb) (LA Guns)
Knock'em Dead Kid (D) (Motley Crue)
I Stand Alone (E) (Jackyl)
Into The Fire (Eb) (Dokken)
Hollywood (E) (Junkyard)
Play That Funky Music White Boy (E) (Wild Cherry)
My Michelle (Eb) (Guns N Roses)
Heading Out The Highway (E) (Judas Priest)
What Do You Do For Money (E) (AC/DC)
Welcome To The Jungle (Eb) (Guns N Roses)
Where Have All The Good Times Gone (E) (Van Halen )
Mississippi Queen (E) (Mountain)
Hair Of The Dog (E) (Nazereth )
Push Push (E) (Cinderella )
Big City Nights (E) (Scorpions)
Symphony Of Destruction (E) (Megadeth)
Operation Mindcrime (E) (Queensryche)
The stuff you have there is going the right general direction and there's more good suggestions in the thread already.
I'll add a couple pieces of advice from my experience....
1. As you all come together as a band and get used to playing with each other, it will become more obvious to all which songs are a good fit for you and which are not. This means don't waste a bunch of time woodshedding some particular song that's overly technical or just isn't "coming together right" after running through it 2 or 3 times, when you could've polished off 2 or 3 songs that are a good fit in the same amount of time. It'll become obvious which ones "just work" and which would need a lot of work. If you really want to do some of those, you can spend more time working on them after you've got 40-50 songs in the bag are can cover a 4 hour gig without repeating. This will get you out of the practice room and out in front of audiences enjoying the fruits of your labor faster.
2. Be careful you don't get too many slow songs but you do need a handful. 1 per set for a change of pace is nice and keeps things from sounding too much the same...it gives contrast, lets guys dance closely with a girl and gives others a chance to go buy another drink, which is why you're there in the first place, to sell drinks.
3. Hard rock or not, make sure you have plenty of songs that are danceable. Girls like to dance and guys will go along with it. An audience full of fist-pumping dudes does not make a successful band. My drummer and I have a philosophy that hasn't failed us yet....it goes "if you draw 50 chicks, your audience will number over 100...if you draw 50 dudes, your audience will number 50." As you get out gigging more you will end up cutting some songs and replacing them with others. This decision should be based soley on audience reaction and should have nothing to do with whether or not a bandmember happens to like that particular song.
Also if you have any vocal ability, use it, learn the backup parts. This will make a bigger, better, more professional, polished sound out of less people and make you a bigger asset to the band.
I was once in a cover band and we were doing amazingly satisfying songs like tom sawyer and won't get fooled again...and Kashmir ......we were the best damn cover band that noone cared about. Wed run 20 people out of a place while 10 guys would stick around and tell is we were gods. Learned alot from that band.
"It doubt mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing".
Suggestion? Pick some lesser beat to death songs by the same bands you've already mentioned.
I'd say to go for a mix of smash hits vs lesser known covers. You can't go super deep for your whole set and expect it to go over well but I think people enjoy a certain level of that. As far as your song choices - and I'm not trying to sound trollish or snarky, but do people still want to hear 80's hair metal? In any case, I agree that you want a lot of danceable tunes in your set.
As to the topic, OP I've had success with these:
Any hit by Nickeback
Hold Your Head Up - Argent (Mr. Big arrangement). This went over huge with older and younger audiences
Crazy Bitch - Buckcherry
How Far is Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
Bad Girlfriend - Theory of a Deadman
Hard rock version of any hit by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson
F You - Cee Lo Green
Man in the Box - Alice In Chains
Shine - Collective Soul
Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet
Drive By - Train
Gimme All Your Loving - ZZ Top
TNT - AC/DC
Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy - Big and Rich
Not My Time - 3 Doors Down
I think the first ten songs in the OP are all fine, I've played in bands that did most of them and they went over fine.
When suggesting songs, there's a couple of elements to take into consideration IMO. One, of course, is how well the song will be received by the audience.
Second, though, you've got to factor in the degree of difficulty for the guitar players. Some songs might be a lot tougher for the guitar players than others, or require different tuning or some unique effects.
And don't forget the vocalist(s) too, are the proposed songs out of their vocal range? If so, you have to agree what key to change to...before the guitar players learn all their parts.
+1,000,000 on the dance factors. Bars want bands that get the crowd dancing and buying drinks.
Ive played in cover bands for the last 7 years after taking a long hiatus from playing, and the two songs on your radar that have gotten the most reaction no matter where we played them are Enter Sandman and Sweet Child O Mine. As long as you do them well that is.
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