#1
Ok, first big/real gig on Saturday, and we need to stretch out our time on stage. We know we need to take mini-breaks in between songs and mess with the crowd a little, but we're not real sure what to say. I'm sure there will be smart-ass responses here, but I seriously want to know, need a crash course in how to pump up a crowd and what to say to them over the PA.
#2
dropping the staple "ARE YOU READY TO ****ING ROCK/MAKE SOME ****ING NOISE" lines usually works
#4
constantly say the name of your band clearly: "We're called _____"

oh yeah and insult the crowd. they love it.
#5
well, to fill time you could have a little improv dealy solo thing, extend songs, do some covers... however with the crowd, i'm not so sure. It usually up to the singer to do banter with the crowd but try and get people excited, get people to headbang, tell em to try and sing along with the chorus, tell em to buy any merch or demos you bring, ask em if they're havin fun etc etc etc etc etc etc etc

good luck and have fun!

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#7
"How are you guys doing tonight?" "I can't hear you" "Let's have a little fun" "I know you guys are going to like this next one"
#8
mention anything you saw that was funny before the show. if didn't see anything funny, then make it up and pick someone from the crowd n be like 'hey weren't you that guy that did (insert funny wierd thing they did)" i love hearing funny band stories.
#9
Some type of intro into the next song.

Not sure what your type of music is, but at a recent Warbringer (thrash metal band) concert I was at, the vocalist did this awesome intro, really got everyone into it. The song was called "At the Crack of Doom", and he basically just quoted some parts from it...
"The gates of heaven come crashing down, and Satan claims his throne...AT THE CRACK OF DOOM!"

It just got everyone so into it, a very energetic show that was.
#10
Well I always like to acknowledge the other bands that have played before, if applicable and to ask the audience if they're excited for those yet to come.
#11
Well, depends on where you are. Just say "Alright. We played -insert rival town name- last night and they made a ton of noise, let's see if you can show them up, make some f***ing noise!!" Then even if they are loud, tell them they can do better and make them scream again. I know when local bands do that around here, I dig it.
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#12
Hm, my number one suggestion would be listening to some live Iron Maiden, Blood Brothers or something.
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#13
What we play is 90's alternative favorites with a little more of a metal edge than usual. We're playing at a fairly nice bar that has a wide range of ages, but mostly late 20's and early 30's. Our lead singer isn't very outgoing so she is trying to get the rest of us to say crap. Last gig though, the crowd wasn't too responsive so that discouraged some of them. I'm fairly new but I haven't done this before either so we're all kind of lost. The ideas mentioned above are good, thanks. We can't cuss over the microphone though. I mean, something inside a song goes unnoticed, but they get ticked if you yell out cuss words and it's obvious.
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#15
Near the end of the show let them know they are one of the best crowd's you've ever had, even if there is only one old guy and he's sleeping in the back
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#16
Explain what the next song is about!
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#17
between-song patter isn't really something you can pick up from other musicians, you'll develop it over time. It depends entirely on gig itself, and ultimately the audience's level of interest. If they're really into it you can get away with anything. If they're showing a polite interest but don't look all that excited, keep it short and to the point.
#19
I like to make up a story about one of my bandmates; something not true but embarassing anyway. After the first song you can introduce your band as someone else eg. "Good afternoon peoples, for those of you who don't know us we are Van Halen".
Always take the opportunity to make a joke, you'll see some bands repeat ones that work.

Also intros to songs are a must; they can be real, or fake. The real one would be; "this thing happened to me, and reflecting on it after I wrote this song. What this does is make the audience listen to the lyrics of the song. Alternatively a comical introduction was used awesomely in one of my previous bands - the singer dedicated the next song "Linda" to our rhythm guitarist's dead bird. The lyrics start "I will miss you, you were the only one for me..."; everyone, us included went into hysterics. That was FUNNY. Hard to play at the same time though.
#20
Listen to some live Blink 182 stuff....Mark and Tom were masters at keeping the crowd entertained between songs.
#21
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Ok, first big/real gig on Saturday, and we need to stretch out our time on stage. We know we need to take mini-breaks in between songs and mess with the crowd a little, but we're not real sure what to say. I'm sure there will be smart-ass responses here, but I seriously want to know, need a crash course in how to pump up a crowd and what to say to them over the PA.

Why do you need to take mini-breaks and talk to the crowd between songs. People are there to hear you play. If your scheduled for an hour and only have 50 mins of music do a jam extension in one or two of the songs to fill in the time. Or play one of the songs slowly and build up the speed to make it longer and have a cool climactic effect. If I were there to hear a band I'd much rather they do something like that and make the experience interesting than if they were trying to be a comedian or something.
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#22
It's a double edged sword. I've seen a couple of bands where they really need to just stfu and play their music. I know of one that is so entertaining with their between song banter that you kind of lose it for a moment that they are a band.

If you're gonna try and be funny, then you better be funny or else it will work against you. Try to avoid the gay humor (insinuating another band member is gay, that there is some sort of homo thing between guitarist and drummer, etc.) - it's stale and cliche.

Sometimes teasing the crowd with a well known intro riff (Pantera's Cowboys from Hell, perhaps? A metallica opening riff?) works. Even if you have to back off and tell em "sorry, we were gonna play that, but our drummer has to take it easy tonite because of an unfortunate incident involving a pickle jar, vaseline, and a 9 iron." The same band I mentioned above that is very successful between songs also does the same thing with other well known riffs, but something they would never play (example: hard rock band playing a well known pop riff or country riff). It gets the audience's attention.

You could try as a lead in to one of your heavier songs "Ya know what? Lets tear this up a little bit. After all, this is (insert location name here), and you guys like the heavy stuff!"
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Why do you need to take mini-breaks and talk to the crowd between songs. People are there to hear you play. If your scheduled for an hour and only have 50 mins of music...


It's more like we're scheduled for FOUR hours. If you blasted through one song right after another I bet you could get in 60-70 songs. That ain't gonna happen. We've got four sets of 9 songs, and that's kind of a stretch, as a few are instrumentals and we added several simple ones just this week. Assuming an average song length of 4 minutes, that's 36 minutes per set. I need to stretch it out to more like 50 minutes per set. We're doing the jams and stuff but I need to pull out multiple stretch-out tricks to get through this.
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It's more like we're scheduled for FOUR hours. If you blasted through one song right after another I bet you could get in 60-70 songs. That ain't gonna happen. We've got four sets of 9 songs, and that's kind of a stretch, as a few are instrumentals and we added several simple ones just this week. Assuming an average song length of 4 minutes, that's 36 minutes per set. I need to stretch it out to more like 50 minutes per set. We're doing the jams and stuff but I need to pull out multiple stretch-out tricks to get through this.

Been there. If you really need to stretch it, let some band mate do a solo acoustic thing for a few songs
#25
If your bassist is any good you could give him/her a bass solo like this:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KGs-Gf5ohb0

Or if you or whoever plays guitar in the band thinks they could handle it, they could have an improvised guitar solo, but you better be sure they CAN improvise well or it will be a disaster.
#26
It's usually best to introduce yourself, say you have a myspace etc, make sure you say your band name, tell them they're a great audience, thank them for any applause and most of all,

INTRODUCE THE SONG NAMES.

Cannot stress that enough. Most people that come to see you at a gig are probably just out for a piss up, and won't remember your band name. Saying a few songs names, however, will coax them into searching the song, and by extension your band, on google, which gives you more exposure.
#27
I've even heard bands in my area talk about political issues. They attacked the subject harshly, but you can do it.
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Sometimes teasing the crowd with a well known intro riff (Pantera's Cowboys from Hell, perhaps? A metallica opening riff?) works. Even if you have to back off and tell em "sorry, we were gonna play that, but our drummer has to take it easy tonite because of an unfortunate incident involving a pickle jar, vaseline, and a 9 iron."


My frontman started to play the intro to the recent no.1 "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon and the crowd were chanting for it and between every song he did it. In the end, we didn't play it but promised to if they came to our next gig. It got us a lot of interest after the gig and helped us to promote!

My guitarist came out with some funny jokes too, I was the butt of most of them. Namely "Jon has something to say", I step forward to the microphone and he starts to play the intro of the next song drowning me out. The drummer was cracking himself up and you could hear him over the microphone laughing.

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#29
Give a personal story on how you relate to the next song. It could be a stupid story. Even something like "Well I was walking on the street one day, then I fell into a pothole and this alligator bit me up. Luckily I was able to escape, but then a part of my butt was bitten off. As I was sitting in the hospital, I was just in extreme pain, but I felt lucky also because I was alive. I felt thankful because the alligator didn't bite my head off. And that is what this next song is all about." It may sound stupid, but the audience will like it. Especially the girls. They'll end up saying "Awww an alligator bit him " and yea :P

And what's even greater is what happens after the show. People will start exiting the hall, then they will turn their backs and look at the singer and say "I know that person. I know about him. I know what happened to his life. I know about my pain. He's my buddy." even if the person has never met the singer. He/she will feel a bond with the singer.

And of course, the emotion of the next song will be much stronger. Try it out
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#31
Cedric used to say some awesome shit from the At The Drive-In days in between songs...

"This is week number 9. Captain's log 344775 ensign 15 reportin' for ****in' duty."

Maybe make up stories about your song on the spot. Or just crack jokes.
#32
Extend songs within the song. Metallica did a 15-minute version of "Seek & Destroy" for a while, and Godsmack extends "Whatever" by a minute or two during the breakdown in the middle for a bit of audience interaction.

Just explain what you're doing: "Hey, you don't mind if we **** around for a bit, do ya?"

#33
Be careful TS, choose these things according to your venue and according to your crowd on the night.

I do NOT agree with the guy saying "tell them they're the best crowd ever, even if there's just one old guy sleeping in the back"...no. You will look like a total douche if it's obvious that the crowd is not the best ever. Be honest. You want to come off as relaxed, and trotting out wannabe rockstar lines during the show is just a tell-tale sign that you don't know what the hell you're doing.

There are certain things that only work if you're an established band and the audience consists of YOUR fans. Rabid slipknot fans love having abuse hurled at them by slipknot, but an audience you're trying to win over will think you're an idiot. RESPECT is the number one rule in your case. If you are funny, be funny, if you are not, for god's sake don't try.

...So that's what not to do IMO, here are some things I've found effective:

1. Anecdotes, but keep them short and have a point.
2. Crowd participation. Can your guitarist rip out a decent improv solo with the wow factor? Start a clap like a metronome for him to solo to, then after a while stop it and say "Were you guys impressed by that? I gotta say I was looking for something a bit faster!" then start a fast clap. The resulting look of pain on the guitarist's face is both hilarious and impressive if he can pull something faster off. Just think up little things like that to involve the crowd and they will love it.
3. Humourous covers. Are your songs all depressing? Get an acoustic guitar and sing "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley ("Don't worry, bout a thing...") and get the crowd to sing along.

Good luck dude!
#34
find some clips of reel big fish live at the house of blues, their between song stuff is great
#35
Well, K.I.S.S., Keep it Simple Stupid. That's the best thing to do. If we wanted to hear some dude talk forever, we'd be at a lecture instead of a concert. Play the goddamn music already!
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constantly say the name of your band clearly: "We're called _____"

oh yeah and insult the crowd. they love it.

I had a singer who would constantly ask the crowd how they were doing, then tell them he didn't care. It was a lot of fun.
#37
Just crack jokes and play songs. that's it.
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#38
Adam D Quotes are an instant win, some of my favs:

"This next song is going to hit you harder than your first period"

"This is for all the girls with braces...for keeping it metal"

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