Heylo12
Cant think cleverly now
Join date: Feb 2009
90 IQ
#1
ok, so what songs should a band do in a canadian bar on a friday night?
My bands got a while before gigging, bit young, but might as well start learning these tunes early.
So right now we do lots of rush, tragically hip, and led zeppelin. I was thinking stuff like ACDC,ZZ top, Tom Petty, Beatles, Stones and Queen would be good. I dont want to start doing like pop stuff (jonas), so I was thinking these bands might be more well known to a younger crowd.
Im used to playing at camp fires and jams for an older crowd, so I know what 40+ tend to listen to... but what about bar folk?
thanks!
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gljbass
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2007
124 IQ
#3
Plush by Stone Temple Pilots would be a good song.
Also, crowds LOVE funk hits like "Play That Funky Music" and "Brick House". "Mr. Bigshot". "Superfreak". Any of the hits by Rick James, James Brown, and others.
theogonia777
Miss Kristen
Join date: Jun 2009
2,141 IQ
#4
Quote by Coup de Grace
Whitesnake
Def Leppard
Poison
Toto
Ozzy


these are good suggestions, and as far as individual songs go i'd say play here i go again by whitesnake or every rose has its thorns by poison. but also ts the ones you mentioned are good, cause those are bands that everyone knows, which is what you need to play at this kind of gig.
Heylo12
Cant think cleverly now
Join date: Feb 2009
90 IQ
#6
oh god... no nickelback or bryan adams... thats just awfull. I draw the line there!
Thanks for the other suggestions though, gave us some ideas!
GUITARS
Burswood Acoustic
Squier Affinity Strat
Fender Tele Deluxe
BASS
Ibanez Jetking bass
AMPS
Marshall MG30DFX
Peavey max 158 bass amp
Fender Bassman 250
1979 Carvin of some sort
And some pedals
Quintex
Still Learning
Join date: Feb 2009
140 IQ
#7
Quote by EL2T
In canada? Nickelback? Bryan Adams?

Absolutely not for a bar crowd. Nickelback only in clubs with moderation, too loud and obnoxious for a bar. Bryan Adams is a invitation to being bottled (if you don't know what bottled is, you haven't played the bar/club circuit).

However, in most parts of Canada you can't go wrong with The Tragically Hip.

AC/DC, Rolling Stones, early Beatles work with any crowd. Depending on region and crowd, sing-a-long songs like "Friends in Low Places" and "Margaritaville" work (mainly in Sask/Alberta, parts of B.C. outside the Lower Mainland, all of the Maritimes like to sing as well). After a while you learn the regional setlist differences, such as Toronto has vastly a different crowd than Edmonton. Smaller towns tend to be a more spontaneious/mixed genre set list, larger centres tend to be more focused such as staying in a classic rock format all night. Hell, one band I know got away with a "70s Disco" version of their band for about 6 shows a year, usually private functions though.

Night clubs or bars posing as night clubs you can be a little heavier, but if the girls don't dance (guys will follow the girls) you won't be invited back. Dancing = beer/booze sales = happy proprietor.