My band has been having a friendly debate lately, so I figured I'd pitch it to you guys, see where you land on it. The question is: Should we end our set with a cover? We're an original melodic heavy metal band out of Chicago. We have a solid hours worth of original material, and typically end our set with a well known metal cover that we play pretty well and that the audience knows. There's two ways we see this. One is, always end with an original. The last thing you want people to hear as an original band is an original song, so pick your best, and save it for last. The other is, if you play a cover, and play it well, then people will remember that more, and say "Oh, I remember that band, they had that bada** cover of (whatever song)" We're trying to make a name for ourselves, trying to get people to take notice. It's hard enough being a metal band in a country that largely doesn't respect metal as legitimate music. What do you think is the better way to end the set? Should the decision change based on set length (i.e., should we end a half-hour set with an original, and an hour set with the cover)? Thanks in advance for your input!