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3 piece Rock n Roll trio just added keys. What songs should we add?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by SmokinJoe992, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. REO's "Roll With the Changes" was the first tune my old band added when I joined as keyboard player; next was Deep Purple's "Hush".

    Adding a keyboard player opens up a lot of opportunities, if he/she is good and isn't of the mindset that the band is all about them. That's where the problems come in when adding keys to "no keys in the original" songs. at least in my experience as both a keyboardist and as a bassist.
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  2. REV


    Jun 18, 2006
    Maybe some songs by The Band or "I Shot the Sherrif". If your keys player is really good they will know to ease up on the left hand a stay out of your lane.
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  3. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005
    All of Rush's 80's catalog...
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  4. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    This. And only this. One song gig.
  5. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    Elkhart, IN
    Nearly anything by Delbert McClinton, Ray Charles. Sunspot Baby, Margaritaville, Layla, Call Me The Breeze, Great Balls Of Fire, Angie.
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  6. If the keys includes organ sounds, this is fun and might work with the other tunes you do:

  7. Cliff Colton

    Cliff Colton

    Nov 7, 2016
    Johnny Angel
  8. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    I often whip this one out in rehearsal. Fun jam if you know it.
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  9. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Shouldn’t the keyboard player have some ideas? How did they get the gig? :smug:
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  10. Unfortunately, I have never had the pleasure of playing in a band that was willing or good enough to properly cover Pink Floyd.

    But I could, I'd look to some of their older stuff, considering your existing setlist. Something like Embryo, or something off the Meddle album maybe. Or for a little more "60s-ness" Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Depends on how psychedelic you're willing to get I suppose. I just figured that since you're a 4-peice with keys you're already equipped for that earlier Floyd where Rick Wright's key work was prominent.
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  11. jmon


    Jan 27, 2002
    Jax Fl.
    May or may not be considered “Rock n Roll” but there are a pile of 80s songs that I promise will go over with female dancers. Just search for top 80s songs. There are plenty.
  12. BigBear77

    BigBear77 Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2017
    Still Rockin Roll to Me-Billy Joel
  13. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    Leon Russell, Dr. John, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John just throwing them out there...
  14. Bass Ameg

    Bass Ameg

    Mar 9, 2019
    Dump the keyboard player and play Motörhead. :bassist:
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  15. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Everything on Petty’s Damn the Torpedos album. :thumbsup:
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  16. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Google Nicky Hopkins discography. Play them all.
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  17. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Assuming keys means piano, synth, organ...

    Tom Petty
    Bruno Mars

    Can’t stop the feelin
    Feel it still
    Forget you
    Hella good
    Loving on a prayer
    Shut up and Dance
    Take on me
    Uptown funk
    Working for the weekend
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  18. moreblues

    moreblues Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    hudson valley,n.y.
    I second Lazy by Deep Purple or anything off of the Machine Head Album...watch this video...smokin

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  19. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
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  20. 3bc

    3bc Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    Chicago Burbs
    Nathaniel Rateliff fits into your genres.

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