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By *F900R   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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Ok, imagine it's a Saturday night, you're at your local and a new band are going to play. What songs would you like to hear?

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By *he Motley Fool  (M) 2 weeks ago

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"Ok, imagine it's a Saturday night, you're at your local and a new band are going to play. What songs would you like to hear? "

Well as a Musician myself and someone who actually likes playing in pubs, you need to play Geezer Pleezers, stuff like Status Quo, Stones etc. Then again if its a youngsters pub youll probably just get some oik either screaming into the mic or talking with a backing track and calling it rap.

Then again I can remember roadying Status Quo when they did the Railway Pub in Ipswich......MEGA!!

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By *F900R   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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I was hoping this would be some sort of straw poll for new songs for my band. We've already got 2 stones songs and 3 quo ones on the rota bit hoping for more diversity. Agree they have to be crowd pleases and a bit of slade often helps too.

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By *ove2Frolic  (M) 2 weeks ago

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What about the Str4nglers, Clash, Plastic Betrand, Alice Cooper,

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By *ld666  (M) 2 weeks ago

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Metallica - Atlas Rise

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*olidhalo By  *olidhalo    profile verified by photo premium paying member (M) 2 weeks ago

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I would expect a new band to playing their own material.................it's the reason i go to see a band. If all a band is going to play is covers, chances are i'll move on to another pub.

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"I would expect a new band to playing their own material.................it's the reason i go to see a band. If all a band is going to play is covers, chances are i'll move on to another pub."

Same here, whats the point in forming a band if you aren't going to do your own thing. Cover bands of course not included.

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By *oTmEaGaIn  (M) 2 weeks ago

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"Ok, imagine it's a Saturday night, you're at your local and a new band are going to play. What songs would you like to hear? "

Original stuff, else you may as well just have a jukebox..

I dont understand the appeal of tribute bands..

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By *ld666  (M) 2 weeks ago

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Generally pub bands will be cover bands and can get decent followings as far as pub crowds go. I would expect to see bands playing their own material at specific venues example being the Sugar Mill or Underground in Stoke. These venues allow bands to showcase their own material.

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By *F900R   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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Interesting comments. As part of a gigging nmband I can tell you that most crowds in pubs aren't in to original music. If they don't know it, they won't be interested. We used to play a mixture of original stuff and covers and in the end dropped the original material as we all got tired of seeing people talking through it or going outside for a fag. It's not that the songs were (too) bad, it's just people want the familiarity of something they know.

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*aptain_mithras By *aptain_mithras   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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"Interesting comments. As part of a gigging nmband I can tell you that most crowds in pubs aren't in to original music. If they don't know it, they won't be interested. We used to play a mixture of original stuff and covers and in the end dropped the original material as we all got tired of seeing people talking through it or going outside for a fag. It's not that the songs were (too) bad, it's just people want the familiarity of something they know."

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Being someone who knows very little about music but plenty about pubs and what most pub crowds want, you are absolutely right. Although, in theory, original music should be wanted this is not the case. Apart from specialised pub venues most drinking audiences want to hear something they know. They are not music critics they are crowds out for a good time listening to "songs" with a good beat. They are not at a music venue or a dance venue. They are a compromise.

Hendrix, AC/DC, Queen, Kings of Leon keep a crowd captivated and stop them gravitating to the smoking areas outside.

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*inecast2006 By  *inecast2006    profile verified by photo premium paying member (M) 2 weeks ago

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I am in a Gigging Band. We play a mix of covers and originals. The covers we play are not as per record, we are not a Human Jukebox.

I Have seen 3 bands in my local Venue since Christmas, they all might as well have played the same set, they all sounded the same.

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*aptain_mithras By *aptain_mithras   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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"I am in a Gigging Band. We play a mix of covers and originals. The covers we play are not as per record, we are not a Human Jukebox.

I Have seen 3 bands in my local Venue since Christmas, they all might as well have played the same set, they all sounded the same."

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Sometimes the only difference is the volume.

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By *he Motley Fool  (M) 2 weeks ago

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I dont understand the appeal of tribute bands.."

THen youve never seen a good one. I was part of a group of guys in Baltimore who created the first Eagles trib band. It was that good that one night Glen Frey even came to see us then got on stage and did a couple songs.

However there are some appalling Trib bands. Amongst the worst Ive seen are The Who tribute bands. Ive never seen or heard a good one yet

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*agman By  *agman    profile verified by photo premium paying member (M) 2 weeks ago

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Then youve never seen a good one. "

As a lifelong music fan - who was brought up on my dads music choices - and then finding my own in Neil Young, The Byrds, The Monkees, James Brown, Otis redding, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, The Who, The Beatles, James Gang, Status Quo, Alice Cooper, The Eagles, Mott The Hoople, Free, Bad Company, The Stones, Queen, Hawkwind, Santana, Cream, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zep, George Harrison, The Clash, Squeeze, The Jam................

I love live music - in any venue - playing most anything......and.......I totally agree with the sentiments about what we want to listen to is music we know and love.

There is a bit of a trend at the minute for bands playing 'covers' but putting their own slant on the music......we sat and watched a local band a couple of weeks ago in our local pub - who were all good musicians who knew what they were doing - but some of the tunes they were playing were half way through before you even recognised what they were!

It came across as terribly self indulgent and dare I say it........even crap!

We would sit and screw our faces up saying to each other....WTF! is it they are playing??

And no-one knew until they played a specific riff exactly as it was supposed to be played.

Your ears are tuned to listen for something recognisable and something that 'resonates' with your tastes.

When bombarded with what in effect was a form of 'white noise' your brain just switches off, and off you go outside for that fag (if you smoke).

I could sit and watch any good covers band for ever - or equally anyone playing their own original music as long as it resonates with my tastes.

RF......if you played anything from any of the people mentioned above - and do it half decent - most punters will leave at the end of the gig feeling they've had a good night and come back for more.

(by the way....a drummer in a past life )

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By *ld666  (M) 2 weeks ago

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The current guitarist in the Quo was in a Quo tribute band ... So there is also a very practical purpose too

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By  *adolderguy    profile verified by photo premium paying member (M) 2 weeks ago

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doesn't matter wot era your from a good song is a good song n don`t matter if its a 60 s ,70s, 80s,90s,00,or even recent, if you play a god selection of all these era`s depending on your audience and do them half decent they`ll go down well, n people will be more likely to listen if you slip a couple of your own original stuff in and maybe even start askin you to play them again.cheers

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By *F900R   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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RF......if you played anything from any of the people mentioned above - and do it half decent - most punters will leave at the end of the gig feeling they've had a good night and come back for more."

We play a lot of Queen, Beatles, Stones and Quo. The usual staple diet of pub rock, but chuck in the odd bit of Pink Floyd, Doo biesenberger Brothers and even ABBA. We like to play the dogs that were hits but have long been forgotten (Far, Far Away by Slade for example).

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By *he Motley Fool  (M) 2 weeks ago

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Im just in the process of selling my studio and when thats done aim to put together a band with a couple of original 60's band guys playing the best of the 60's and 70's stuff.

All except Hippy Hippy Shake by the SBJ as that always kills my voice.

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By *F900R   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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Change the key!

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By *he Motley Fool  (M) 2 weeks ago

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"Change the key!"

Noooooo cant do that. Sacriledge to change the key of any song.

If you cant do the original key you shouldnt do it.

MY guitarist has just got a new gizmo and were

just running through Frampton's 'Show me the way' (original key of course)

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By *F900R   profile verified by photo (M) 2 weeks ago

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Have to agree that you've got to do stuff in the original key, but not evert band is as fastidious as us! Can be tricky switching between Unchained Melody and Since You've Been Gone from a vocal point of view.

So you mean you guitarist has one of those fancy Talk box things with the tube? Quite fancy one of those myself.

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By *he Motley Fool  (M) 2 weeks ago

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"Have to agree that you've got to do stuff in the original key, but not evert band is as fastidious as us! Can be tricky switching between Unchained Melody and Since You've Been Gone from a vocal point of view.

So you mean you guitarist has one of those fancy Talk box things with the tube? Quite fancy one of those myself."

Yes cost him a lot of money so he says.

Jeeezuz I havent sung unchained medowlies since the 70's

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