Help! Need well known hard rock tunes with keyboard parts

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by stringthrough, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    Hi TB mates,

    I've just started a band with with a singer, guitarist, keyboardist and drummer. We've jammed on a few quickly selected tunes and thought we sounded darn good.

    Problem 1: Some of the tunes had no keys parts and we'd like to eliminate them from the future setlist.

    Problem 2: I'm having a problem suggesting tunes that do have a keys part. (I don't listen to too much hard rock.)

    To give you a sense of where the band is going, here are examples of well known hard rock tunes we played that did contain a keyboard part.

    Toto - Hold the Line
    Cars - You're Just What I Needed
    Journey - Don't Stop Believing
    Whitesnake - Here I Go Again

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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  2. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Savoring our spinning, shimmery aquasphere Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Van Halen: Jump, I'll Wait, 1984
    Autograph: Turn Up the Radio
    Europe: The Final Countdown
    Judas Priest: Turbo Lover
    Iron Maiden: Caught Somewhere in Time
    Kiss: Crazy Nights
    Billy Cobham: Red Baron
    Weather Report (take your pick with this band, leading you to the path of the 1970s and on, in the realm of fusion music)

    And, what about music in general from Pink Floyd, Yes, ELO, Devo, Depeche Mode, Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Flock of Seagulls, Jeff Beck, The Who, Rush, Boston, Doors, Beatles, Blondie, Cold Play?

    It's a vast world for keyboard music in rock. Maybe it's even easier to name the bands with no keys. .
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Bon Jovi
    Several Led Zep songs feature John Paul Jones on keys.
    Boston and Styx (if you guys have the vocal chops)
    Skynard had a great piano player.

    Your list seems more "classic rock" than "hard rock". But that's my being picky. :D

    Either way, seems like a fun project.
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  4. slapshot


    Dec 22, 2018
    SE Michigan
    Ronnie James Dio - rainbow in the Dark
    Euriah Heap
    Deep Purple
  5. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    I was gonna say that list is more "pop rock" or "soft rock" at best! Hard rock and keyboards for me starts and ends with Deep Purple!

    But if OP actually means pop or soft rock, there's a ton of options, a few of which have been named.
  6. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    One man's hard rock is another man's soft rock. For me soft rock is America, Bread, Crosby Stills and Nash, etc. Anything with a strong drum track and overdriven guitar is hard rock.
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  7. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Kansas - Wayward Son
  8. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
  9. viper4000


    Aug 17, 2010
    Having one guitar actually lends well to a keyboard playing the rhythm guitar parts if there are any. Helps to keep "non-keyboard" songs on the list.
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  10. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once...

    Feb 24, 2013
    +1 for Deep Purple.

    Bob Seger
  11. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    Plenty of Deep Purple options, like Hush or My Woman from Tokyo.
    Also Boston has plenty of keys
    Some might not consider Hey Bulldog by the Beatles as being hard rock, but it is and it has an awesome piano part.
  12. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" - Night Ranger
    "Epic" - Faith No More
  13. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    Your KB player doesn't have such a list? I would think if anyone knows these go-tos, it would be that person.

    My current band plays "Highway Star" (Deep Purple - tough form to get down, but a fun bass romp as well!) and "Won't Get Fooled Again" (The Who) which both feature KBs. "Rocky Mountain Way" (Walsh) features both piano and synth.

    There was a lot of Hammond organ work in the early 70s - probably a good place to start if your KB has the ability to produce that sound.
    Late 70s brought in the heavy use of synth patterns, although I don't tend to think of that stuff as "heavy"

    +1 for Kansas, Journey
    Elton John
    Billy Joel
    Steely Dan
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  14. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Some great choices so far. I will had these for now.

    Uriah Heep - Stealin'

    Grand Funk Railroad - Foot Stompin' Music

  15. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    My keyboard player does have such a list but as a band we decided to have everyone contribute their share of tunes. I'm the one needing help. :)
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  16. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    Almost anything from the 80s, definitely get some Deep Purple in there.
  17. Any Steppenwolf tune -- Born to be Wild etc.
  18. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    Thanks, totally forgot about them!
  19. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes album.

    Most of The Doors.

    Much of Boston.

    Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride

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  20. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Grand Funk