Need a killer opening song

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by thrasher717, Feb 9, 2004.

  1. thrasher717


    Jan 17, 2003
    North Dakota
    My band has been asked to open for a "to be determined" headliner this summer and we're looking for a kick a** opening song. Something high-energy that will set the tone for the rest of the set. Something along the lines of "You Could Be Mine" by Guns 'n' Roses, but our singer can't do Axl.
    We're a hard/classic rock cover band without keyboards.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Listen to Social Distortion's version of "Under My Thumb" You might like that a little...

    Or "Hot For Teacher" by Van Halen, if the drummer can handle it.

    Or, if you just want to totally shock everyone... "Children of the Grave" by Black Sabbath.
  3. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    ACDC Thunderstruck / Dirty Deeds / Hells Bells

    Deep Purple - Black Night

    Metallica - Creeping Death / Master of Puppets / Damage Inc

    etc. :)
  4. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Opened up a set last weekend with Creed's "My Sacrifice", and it was slammin' powerful . . .
  5. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    How about "our house" by madness.

    Some Billy Ocean perhaps?
  6. How about Metallica's One? Starts off slow and is a freaking machine gun by the end of the 7:24? Maybe the keyboardist could do the beginning war-sounds? :meh:
  7. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Immigrant Song! If your vox can handle it.
    \m/ ^_^ \m/
  8. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Danke Schoen
    Una Paloma Blanca
    Dancing Queen
    Afternoon Delight
    Its Not Unusual
  9. Turn The Other Way by Avenged Sevefold ;)

    No seriously, I think maybe One or For Whom The Bell Tolls (if you can play it!) by Metallica would be good.
  10. blong1

    blong1 Supporting Member

    Apr 10, 2000
    "hot for teacher" gets my vote.

    we do it to open the second set at our shows and it always pleases the crowd...always. :D
  11. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Wow, your name is fitting! :D
  12. kegbarnacle


    Nov 18, 2003
    I say the Who. Don't Get Fooled Again. Vocalist should be able to handle it; bass line is fun; drummer forgets about the hat for a while, beats the hell out of the snare and gets his money's worth out of the crashes; guitarist gets to do the windmill a-la-Pete Townsend.

    Or what about Stevie Ray Vaughn?
  13. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    ladies night - kool and the gang
  14. thrasher717


    Jan 17, 2003
    North Dakota
    Thanks for the input. "Hot for Teacher" and "My Sacrifice" are interesting ideas. I'd love to open with "One" but I'm afraid it wouldn't go over well with our demographic.

    Any other suggestions?
  15. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    Lump by the presidents of USA
  16. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    Let's try not to insult other members, mm'kay?
  17. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    ohh yea, an opening song....

    I want to take you higher- sly

    actually any sly stone will do!!!!! all those tunes are real rump shakers!
    Dance to the music-
    Soul clappin-
    soooooo many.....

    Mississippi Queen!!!
  18. I've always liked opening with Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows. The drums are awesome in it, good bass line, decent little bass solo,

    We usually play that or Incubus - Circles.
  19. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    amen on the QOTSA tune!