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Old 08-09-2007, 08:26 AM   #81
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Even though I haven't played any gigs yet, I'd start on a slow song, go more upbeat within the next 2 or 3, slow it down for another song or 2, and then end on the last 2 with a high energy, heavy, heart-pounding song and the finale/encore do a slowed down song again, such as "Patience" by GNR, or "Good Riddance" by Greenday.


NOT GOOD RIDDANCE. just dont do it.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:34 AM   #82
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My band's set list usually goes like this

Prelude - Fast, a bit heavy, kind of catchy
Pure Soul - Heavy, Fast
kill Texas - Heavy, Fast, fan-favorite
Life - Sometimes played, light, slow, heavy in bits
Rain - Mid-Tempo, Heavy
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover, heavy but mid-tempo
Fall Down - Heavy, mid/fast Tempo
Serenity and Destruction - Heavy, Fast, Frantic
Seek and Destroy - Metallica Cover, mid-tempo, heavy

and we are going to be adding in a Dethklok cover " Mermaid-er ", Metallica's " Fade to Black ", Iron Maiden's " Run to the Hills ", and two new, fast and frantic originals.

I find going from heavy and fast to mid-tempo back to heavy, then ending on a familiar tune really works well with the crowd
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:44 PM   #83
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then ending on a familiar tune really works well with the crowd


Definately; I always - or usually in any case - end with 'Rocking In The Free World' and it's always a treat.
Same goes for opening as well; I'll usually throw in a cover or two in the middle of the set for a bit of padding, but opening and closing with a cover is a personal favourite of mine.
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:22 PM   #84
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my band is opening with Strength of the World by A7X. good idea or not? and ive found that Sweet Child of Mine is the universal encore song. it just works.
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Old 09-15-2007, 05:34 PM   #85
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My band starts of with a punk song, then goes into heavier songs, end of th emiddle is our Dead kennedys-type fast song, and out last song is Die Die my darling my the Misfits. Usually, me and the singer jump into the crowd, and that gets a pit going and we pretty much throw are guitars and mosh with the people. I find this good for punk/ alt bands, becasue you'l leave a lasting impression. As for Encore, a cover would be a good idea, because the audience can relate, and see a different take on the song.
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Old 11-03-2007, 10:52 PM   #86
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I personaly think ending the set should be the ballad or slow song and the encore has to be the upbeat song....
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:42 PM   #87
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I'm playing Pantera's Cowboys From Hell.Should I headbang with my short hair?It does look kinda dumb because of its length.I don't know what else to do besides headbanging.I don't wanna stand still and just look down because it feel dumb.
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:45 AM   #88
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I disagree with the set list thing at the beginning.... you CAN end on a slow one for your encore, but I like to really rock out finish on a huge chord and yel goodnight, or something simillarily cheesy into the mic and end the show with the crowd applausing, and have someone ready to open the doors just as your song ends, getting the crowd leaving and talking about the show, not waiting around, letting the wow stagnate, and having you packing up on stage awkwardly while someone goes over AFTER it has finished to get the crowd out. Also, if there is a backstage area, walk of straightaway and enjoy the slightly muted applause of the crowd in the next room, grab a drink (which you'll need if you picked a good finisher!) and come out to pack up after they have left.
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:47 PM   #89
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I disagree with the set list thing at the beginning.... you CAN end on a slow one for your encore, but I like to really rock out finish on a huge chord and yel goodnight, or something simillarily cheesy into the mic and end the show with the crowd applausing, and have someone ready to open the doors just as your song ends, getting the crowd leaving and talking about the show, not waiting around, letting the wow stagnate, and having you packing up on stage awkwardly while someone goes over AFTER it has finished to get the crowd out. Also, if there is a backstage area, walk of straightaway and enjoy the slightly muted applause of the crowd in the next room, grab a drink (which you'll need if you picked a good finisher!) and come out to pack up after they have left.

That's the spirit, leave 'em all exited up and wanting more.
Although personaly, I'd go back on after grabbing the beer backstage and give 'em one more song that totaly rips all over the previous set ender, then leave. Just to crank up their exitement as much as possible before the end.
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Old 01-01-2008, 05:57 PM   #90
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How does this set list look?
We're playing 3 sets, and I usually don't put the set list together alone (the band usually does)

1) Journey Into the Gate - Intro original
2) Crimson Gates - Thrash metal original
3) Hearts on Fire - Hammerfall
4) When the Eagle Cries - Iced Earth
5) Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
6) Paranoid - Black Sabbath
7) La Grange - ZZ Top
8) Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
9) Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth
10) Wild Thing - The Troggs
11) Mother - Danzig
12) Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
13) Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

1) 1776 - Iced Earth
2) Birth of Hate - Original (Thrash metal)
3) Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down (I think?)
4) Where do we go from Here Now? - Firewind
5) For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
6) Melancholy (Holy Martyr) - Iced Earth
7) Fire and the Fury - Firewind
8) Instrumental - Original (Power Metal)
9) Sweet home Alabama - Lynyrd Synyrd
10) Sweating Bullets - Megadeth
11) A Tout le Monde - Megadeth
12) Enter Sandman - Metallica

1) We Will Rock You - Queen
2) Randomosity - Original (Power metal)
3) Iron Man - Black Sabbath
4) Watching Over Me - Iced Earth
5) Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
6) House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (I think?)
7) Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth
8) Sweet Dreams - Marylin Manson
9) Come as You Are - Nirvana
10) Highway to Hell - AC/DC
11) Knocking on Heavens Door - Guns and Roses version
12) Fade to Black - Metallica
13) Crazy Train - Ozzy

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How does it look? Any suggestions about the order?
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:26 AM   #91
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GET YOUR LEVELS SET TO PERFECTION BEFORE YOU PLAY!!! I cannot stress this enough i have played several gigs where the sound technician was basically the barman standing 10 meters away going 'that sounds fine'.
First of all get the whole band minus the singer to play a chord progression over and over again, and get the singer to stand right in front, and then move further away, calling out what needs to be louder as he moves back.
Then when everything can be heard, get them to come up to the front again and double check to make sure everything sounds fine there. Then get somebody experienced to do what the singer did, with the singer singing to get the vocal levels right.
Without good p.a's and mic'd amps etc its hard to get a perfect sound but its better than nothing
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:29 PM   #92
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In my opinion, I don't think that the encore has to be fast or slow, soft or upbeat. I just has to be EPIC. It has to be one of those songs where you just wish that a movie camera weas there, just because that moment is so amazing. Somethng that will leave the crowd awestruck and nearly speachless. Just my opinion.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:27 AM   #93
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Good advice.
Our setlist is set up to let the easier songs vocal wise come first.The first half of the set serves as a vocal warm up so I can belt out the hard ones.
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:23 PM   #94
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Hey, my band is getting together a setlist for our gig next month. How does this look:

1. Heavy original
2. Slower, but still heavy original
3. I Hate Everything About You (Three Days Grace cover)
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4. Slower original
5. Even slower original
6. Paralyzer (Finger 11 cover)
7. Funky, upbeat original
[break]
8. A thrash improv session/solos
9. Send the Pain Below (Chevelle cover)
10. Original ballad
11. Leader of Men (Nickelback cover)

There are a few styles represented here, as you can see. The thrash improv session is something we decided to throw in just so we can have a little fun up there. Any comments/suggestions?
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:53 AM   #95
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End on the ballad, they make awesome gig enders
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:29 PM   #96
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I start with a huge-sounding slow origonal that has a breakdown that can basically be endless, so I can talk over it, introduce us, etc, then I build up, playing faster and faster, more and more energetic songs until the last song, which is usually by MCR or Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, since those kill my voice and they're a bit longer and more energetic.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:27 PM   #97
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heres a few tips on difrent kinda bands:

bands who only play covers:
-start with a song that EVERYBODY knows preferably with a known intro (e.g. Enter Sandman)
-finish with a song that has nice outro (e.g. )

bands who play Originals AND Covers:
-Start with a very known cover (same as before) that most pple love and you'll get the crowds attention for your originals.

-always try and inject 1 or 2 covers to give the audiance something they know

-end with an original, preferably your best original so that you leave a great personal last touch and then pple who saw you and enjoyed the gig will remember most of all your original, you could also end with a great cover (e.g. VR-Slither) and have an original for the encore.

-hope i helped you out, i basically mixed up some personal experience with some wise UG thoughts ive read on the threads/!
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the only thing i could possibly add: practice

before your gig be sure and run your set for time- make sure you're within the set time you've been given. further, the pre-gig rehearsal is a good time to make sure all the sticky bits and tricky parts are coming off smoothly.

more than anything make sure you're prepared. your band's act isn't going to matter much if your songs aren't polished and ready to be played for people- no amount of stage presence is going to make up for a ****ty set. better to play a short, tight set than a long, sloppy, ill-prepared one.


But if your performance on stage is gonna suck, at least suck with style
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But if your performance on stage is gonna suck, at least suck with style


I've tried that, it never actually works

People would then always comment on how you look on stage rarther the music, which sucks
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I've tried that, it never actually works

People would then always comment on how you look on stage rarther the music, which sucks


You have a point. Lol. But the guy who told me that plays keyboards like the guy in Dream Theater. haha. so I listened.
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