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Starting concert with a hit song

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 12:58 pm
by Ronald
After reading about Ray Manzarek I had to think of some of the concerts I went to during the 1970's. In Rotterdam we have a concert hall called De Doelen which is a bit like the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and then mainly used for classical concerts, but during the 70's Rock bands were being programmed, the concerts mostly started around midnight.

One night The Doobie Brothers were here and to my great surprise they started the concert with their big hit "Listen to the music" instead of saving it for an encore. Usually singers/bands saved their big hit/most popular song for the encore but not The Doobie Brothers. I think is was done to get over with it at once and not let the fans waiting but probably also to make sure that if the audience wanted an encore it was not for the hit song. I can't think of another concert were the artist/band did the same thing.

Is there anyone here who experienced something similair?

Re: Starting concert with a hit song

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 2:35 pm
by Adam Blake
I took my mum to see The Blues Brothers at Hammersmith Odeon in about 1990. The band was mostly Booker T and The MG's plus Eddie Floyd. They opened the set with "Green Onions", undoubtedly to get it out of the way. I noticed that Steve Cropper had a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Twin Reverb. Straight in, no pedals. It sounded unbelievably fantastic. It was then I realised, once and for all, that great guitar playing is in the performer's heart, mind and fingers - and nowhere else.

Re: Starting concert with a hit song

PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:33 am
by David Flower
i went to the Eagles first show in UK, supporting Neil Young at the Festival Hall. 1971? I doubt anyone knew who they were. They walked on, one of them said 'Good evening,we're the Eagles' and launched straight into Take It Easy. OK, that wasn't yet the hit song it became, but was their best song. They were absolutely brilliant that night. Never the same once Bernie Leadon left, in my view, which was only a couple of years later.