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Rock cover bands, what's your opener?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by LPStephens, Oct 15, 2013.


  1. LPStephens

    LPStephens

    May 16, 2010
    Like the title says, what song are you guys using to start the gig?

    A little overview, we play 3 sets and most of our material is 90's and newer. A few from way back like Johnny B Goode and Brown Eyed Girl, the songs you can't escape to keep the girls out on the floor :rolleyes: By our third set, we're rocking it up with some Buckcherry, Zombie, Alice in Chains, Puddle of Mud and other harder party tunes.

    I'm just looking for a good tune to open with and need some suggestions of what song you do to get the party going. Thanks! :D
     
  2. I think "Start Me Up" (Rolling Stones) was the number one choice/pick the last time this question was asked here.
     
  3. Biggbass

    Biggbass

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    depends on the gig but We like to kick off a late night, after dinner gig with Statesboro Blues.
     
  4. stonewall

    stonewall

    Jun 14, 2010
    ontario,Canada
    as of late ...Pride and Joy
     
  5. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    got a line on you
     
  6. F-Clef-Jef

    F-Clef-Jef

    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    Lately it's been Love In Action by Todd Rundgren. Before that it was My Old School by Steely Dan.

    Most times we just play the crowd... Sometimes it's Fat Bottom Girls, other times it's more laid back, like Take It Easy by the Eagles.
     
  7. Last two gigs we had, we opened with "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" (Blues Brothers). Got a nice reaction from the crowd, and it felt like a cool way to kick things off.
     
  8. No Matter What by Badfinger. Good rockin' tune to get people moving.
     
  9. skinnypete

    skinnypete

    Oct 7, 2004
    New York, NY
    Can I sleep on your couch?
     
  10. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    Surrender by Cheap Trick.

    However...Got a Line on You has certainly been a tried-and-true opener for more than 4 decades now!
     
  11. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    When we run our own sound, "Always on the Run" by Lenny Kravitz, or "Tush," so we can play as a three piece while my wife tightens the mix.

    When we have sound, usually "We Will Rock You/Tie Your Mother Down" by Queen.
     
  12. rzpooch

    rzpooch

    Nov 14, 2007
    Bonney Lake Wa
    We usually start with "You Wreck Me" Tom Petty
     
  13. jaxom

    jaxom

    Aug 31, 2008
    New Castle, PA
    Last 2 gigs we opened with "Free Ride".
     
  14. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    For us, it depends on the crowd. If we have a room full of older, mellow, relaxed folks who are into easy listening music, we typically start off with "Slaves Shall Serve" by Behemoth...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9wlDnXFcMo

    and then we follow that with You've Got a Friend by James Taylor.
     
  15. Filkarri

    Filkarri

    May 31, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    Lately the CCR version of I Put a Spell On You. We usually get some drone and a little feedback going before the drummer comes in.
     
  16. Vertigo by U2
     
  17. MiJaKo

    MiJaKo

    Oct 27, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Lately, Runnin with the Devil, sampled horns and all.
    Others have been Zep's Rock and Roll, and Detroit Rock City.
     
  18. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Us too
     
  19. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Some I use often.

    My Own Worst Enemy
    Bombtrack
    Gone Away
    Open Up Your Eyes.
     
  20. steveb119

    steveb119 Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2012
    orlando fl.
    Bounty hunter Molly hatchet for awhile now,
     

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