War Pigs this Saturday?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by bggeezer, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    Hi, were a Sabbath Covers band in UK. We have a gig this Saturday Night, the night before Remembrance Sunday. Do we still do War Pigs (v popular obviously), or drop it and put something else in instead, which is what the singer want's to do.

    Any advice gratefully received :D
  2. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    It's an anti war song, not pro war.
    Should be fine.
  3. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    +1 Go for it!

  4. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    You need to play it.

    You NEED to play it.

    You need to PLAY IT.

    YOU need to play it.

    I can't think of too many more ways to say it.

    You need TO play it.
  5. Can't go wrong with War Pigs, our audience demands it!!!
  6. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Absolutely NOT. Military veterans will DEFINITELY resent the implication that their fallen comrades died for a senseless political struggle. Whatever your personal politics are, these fallen soldiers, veterans and their families deserve the respect and appreciation of a grateful nation. It's because of men and women like them the UK still speaks English and not German. Drop the song.
  7. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    It's a great song and people who are going to see a Sabbath band will expect to hear it.
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member


    Seriously, you are in a Sabbath cover band and you are worried about offending people... talk about phoning it in.
  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    THANK YOU!!!!

  10. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Do it! I can't think of a better occasion for War Pigs.
  11. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I don't know. I think it might be one of those cases where if you asked people in general they'd say no, but if you actually played it in front of the actual audience you expect to have it would be well-recieved. Perhaps you simply need to inoculate yourselves against ill-will by introducing the song with a respectful remark about honoring servicemen and women, etc. After all, is it really that much more offensive than, say, War by Edwin Starr? Do Vietnam veterans take offense to it? If they do, I'm unaware of it.
  12. War Pigs is about civilian leaders who callously disregard human lives, in achieving their agendas, not about the guys who do the fighting. The lyrics refer to the soldiers as "pawns in chess." Singer is free to blurb a spoken line or 2 about respecting the troops, and honoring the fallen, right before you launch into the song.

    PLAY IT!
  13. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    I don't know what this means.

    I wanna do it as it's anti-war. Gonna ask the guy who booked us what he recons. If the people want it (and who wouldn't) then we can put it in at the end, just before Paranoid.