I don't expect the band to know what my favorite song is and am just happy to be there. The only thing that kind of bothers me is when a band closes with a single and even then it isn't really a big deal.
Now this is an odd thread especially in light of this year. For instance MACCA lot of people will want to hear some Beatles stuff what if he just walks out on stage plays "Let It Be" to mindfuck the audience for the rest of his sonic treats? That would be rare but oh so good! OR if Bjork comes out and plays "All Is Full Of Love" right off the bat. In these two instances people will literally loose it. Why? well stuff like that is why we are there. Having a dream is one thing watching it materialize is another thing. After all once a song starts it must eventually stop. What you do in the in between time is whole other thing entirely. I am not opposed to this idea I admit I like a little foreplay but sometimes you just gotta get down to business and sometime sit is hardcore "50 Shades of Bonnaroo" Hardcore I will buy a red tent this year come with me check out my red tent!
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Post by Raymond Boombox on Apr 1, 2013 7:14:29 GMT -5
No, and sometimes that can actually work better. It depends a lot more on the flow of the songs and the mood of the show. If a band's got the chops, they'll keep me entertained throughout. I caught the Alabama Shakes a couple times last year, and I love that they typically play their biggest hit early in the set without it ever feeling like it's peaked early.
Bummed isn't the right word, but there is something to be said if a band closes with your favourite song.
Of course, if you fav song isn't their biggest song, you already know they likely aren't closing with it; and having it as an opener is always good!
On the other side, if they don't play your song at all, there can be a bit of an unfulfilled feeling. You may have enjoyed every second of the show, but it may still feel like something was missing. I've come to accept that I won't always hear my fav song, but it still kinda bums me out just a smidge when you've been anticipating that song all night (or weeks leading to the show).
I wouldn't dare complain about it though, as one song does not define a set great.
Post by monkybunney on Apr 4, 2013 18:45:34 GMT -5
A perplexing question and it never really happens to me. I can only think of one solid exception and that was The Decemberists. I use to be heavily into them and when I saw them...damn I don't even remember which tour it was but they opened with The Tian. It was, and still is, my favorite song in their catalog and I didn't even expect them to play it. It was a real treat and a killer way to start off the show. Not bummed AT ALL!
The last time I saw Jonathan Richman he opened with "I Was Dancing In A Lesbian Bar" which is one of my favorite songs of his. I guess that illustrates why I find this question a bit perplexing. It's often really hard for me to say which song by any given artist I love is my favorite. So even if they open with one of my favorite songs, well shit they probably have a few more coming up next!