#1
How do you guys like to lay out your set list?

We normally do three sets, and for the most part, have started each set with something upbeat, taper it down some in the middle, then put the foot back on the gas to finish the set. I'm thinking about maybe mixing it up where each set builds in momentum from start to finish. We've pulled most of the "couple's skate" songs off for this next show (unless we get a request for them).

The first group is tentatively the 40 songs (in no particular order), that we've chosen for our next gig. The "others" are songs we could pull from if it compliments a set.


How would you order the following songs in a three set format?


Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones
All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
I Alone - Live
Mother - Danzig
Far Behind – Candlebox
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
About A Girl – Nirvana
Black – Pearl Jam
Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young
Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
Nutshell - Alice in Chains
Hurt So Good – John Mellencamp
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Can't You See - Marshall Tucker Band
Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
Last Dance With Mary Jane – Tom Petty
Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Cumbersome - Seven Mary Three
Young Lust - Pink Floyd
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Jenny / 867-5309 – Tommy Tutone
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
Feel Like Makin' Love – Bad Company
Fast As You - Dwight Yoakam
Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
Shine - Collective Soul
Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers
Gin & Juice - Snoop / Gourds
(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Turn The Page – Metallica
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
Blue on Black - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Talk Dirty To Me - Poison
Long Haired Country Boy - Charlie Daniels Band

Other's (Songs we've done before, worked on, etc.)

Detroit Rock City - Kiss
Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
People Are Strange - The Doors
My Best Friends Girl – The Cars
Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Word Up - Cameo
Higher - Creed
Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
Fight For You Right - Beastie Boys
78' Gibson Les Paul Custom
Fender 60th Anniversary Tele
Fender Nashville Tele
Fender MIA Fat Strat
EVH Wolfgang Special
Schecter C1+
Martin DC-16GTE
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Egnater Renegade Head
Tourmaster 2x12 Cab
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#2
Wow! That's a pretty loaded list, a lot of choices to work with. I was always taught to use a "W" pattern. You want to start it off strong with one of your more energetic tunes, particularly one that people will know right away. A song like "Detroit Rock City" would be good to start with because it's well known and sets a rock and roll sort of mood. Then, following the "W" you follow that one with something in a similar vein, but maybe a bit less intense, like "Mother" or something. The key thing is that you keep that energy fluctuating over the course of your set. It will do a lot to highlight the energetic songs and really hard-hitting, and it'll make your softer "Knocking On Heaven's Door" types stand out as great heartfelt moments. It helps you sustain people's interest over a long set because if you give people all of your 1,000 bpm and screaming songs in a row, people start to tune it out, it's like an unrelenting wall of noise. If you play a bunch of weepy ballads, then you're just going to be boring, so it's really important to show a good sense of dynamic. So maybe "Detroit," "Mother," "Hey Joe," then build back upwards with "Summer of 69" or something like that. If you keep that pattern going with slight deviations here and there to keep it interesting, you can get a lot of longevity out of your set. I hope that helps!
#3
Thanks Tulten, I like the idea of the "W" pattern. If I get a chance, I might put together a sample set list using the songs above and get your opinion on it.
78' Gibson Les Paul Custom
Fender 60th Anniversary Tele
Fender Nashville Tele
Fender MIA Fat Strat
EVH Wolfgang Special
Schecter C1+
Martin DC-16GTE
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Egnater Renegade Head
Tourmaster 2x12 Cab
Fender Champ (1966)