Went to a concert last night - surprising set list

Whiskeyrebel

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Sawyer Brown at the Fire Keepers Casino. This was the third or maybe fourth show of theirs my wife and I went to, though the last time was at least 8 or 9 years ago. They are still putting on a hell of an energetic show for guys who started when WKRP was still on the air (the singer pointed out that their first three albums were available on 8-track).

The set list surprised me though. All of their own songs that they played were the most widely-known hits, except for only one new number that the singer had written for his wife (a bit brown-nosy, but I can understand).

But rather than include less-known songs of their own, they filled out the set with classic rock covers, sung by the keys player and lead guitarist: Life's Been Good, Rock'N Me / All Right Now medley, What I Like About You, Jesse's Girl, probably a couple others I'm forgetting.

The lead singer feigned surprise and rolled with it. It had a little of the vibe of a basement jam session. The crowd gobbled it up.

Why wouldn't they just add more songs of their own instead? The singer also mentioned that the new album (with the brownie-points song) was the 21st one they released. Surely they must have a lot of their own songs to pick from to fill a set.

I noticed the covers began just after the first number that the singer played guitar on. Could the guitar have been a signal to the band that his voice needed a break? Or is it just showmanship, to play songs that fans their age will sing along to?
 
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probably some of it is mark's voice...we backed up our boss along with a few artists at a charity golf event a couple years in a row, and miller would always blow his voice out on the course being goofy...sounded downright painful onstage later!
 
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I noticed the covers began just after the first number that the singer played guitar on. Could the guitar have been a signal to the band that his voice needed a break? Or is it just showmanship, to play songs that fans their age will sing along to?

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Forgot the obligatory guitar nerd content: The guitar that Mark played just before and during the covers was an orange G&L ASAT thinline with the wide single-coils. The lead guitarist mostly played a black PRS with dual hums and bird inlays and a Tom Anderson S-style with a Powerbridge. There was an additional guitarist but they had him tucked back by the drum riser and he isn't listed on their website. That seemed odd to me.
 
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rusty

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There was an additional guitarist but they had him tucked back by the drum riser and he isn't listed on their website. That seemed odd to me.

"Sideman Joe" is what they call him -- been with them for years.

We used to joke about rock sidemen vs country...McCartney's guys etc...at one point years ago, Toby Keith had his monitor tech playing acoustic...from the side of the stage!
 

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We opened for Peter Noone a few years ago, and it was pretty much a British Invasion Greatest Hits Show. Fantastic performer tho, had the crowd eating out of his hand.
 

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We opened for Peter Noone a few years ago, and it was pretty much a British Invasion Greatest Hits Show. Fantastic performer tho, had the crowd eating out of his hand.
I guess the performers are playing the same odds that any 'nostalgia' or 'legacy' radio format plays - that listeners who crave that bump of recognition and lose interest when presented with the unfamiliar will outnumber listeners who are eager to be introduced to something new. Sort of

Ooh, I used to LOVE this song!
vs.
Ehhh, I USED to love this song.
 

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Like you said they've been doing it for years and are still successful...that means they've figured out what works and that includes playing recognizable hits from others.
 

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Sawyer Brown is now a cover band, and they're smart enough to know that most concert goers would rather hear Jessie's Girl and the like rather than their own deep cuts, which only true fans would have ever heard.

This thread fits nicely with my cover band covers thread......
 

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My band opened for Sawyer brown years ago and If IIRC they did some covers then maybe even the ones listed in the OP
 

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We opened for Peter Noone a few years ago, and it was pretty much a British Invasion Greatest Hits Show. Fantastic performer tho, had the crowd eating out of his hand.

Pretty much the same when I saw Frankie Avalon two years ago. He did HIS hits and other hits by the artists from that generation.....the crowd loved it......
 

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Like you said they've been doing it for years and are still successful...that means they've figured out what works and that includes playing recognizable hits from others.
This was actually the first show of theirs we saw where Mark did not do all the singing. That's why I was surprised.

The difference may be that at this show they were the only performer, but when we saw them before it was at festivals with multiple acts.
 




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