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Last night we played the longest set our covers band Dave The Rock Band has ever done, and after playing for 2hr45min, ask the question how long is reasonable?

Firstly, let me say this is not at all a rant, we love playing music or wouldn’t have accepted the gig.  We knew before we turned up the venue wanted music 9:30pm – 12:30am.  We could have padded out the interval with a lot more interval tracks, or played some background music beforehand, or even bothered to finish on time!

Our usual sets are (as is pretty standard with most covers bands) 2 x 45min, and usually these stretch out to closer to 1hr45 or 2hrs total.  So when asked to play for longer, rather than sticking the jukebox on for a bit longer we got a pen and worked out what we could play and apparently that turned out to be an extra hour, and we didn’t play all of them!  By request we did repeat one though!

So is it reasonable?  Who cares, we earned well below minimum wage per hour but it was mightily fun.  We’ve done bigger gigs, we’ve done smaller gigs, but the music was live, fun and everyone had a good time.  Now that’s what it’s all about.  Plus it was our first gig there, and beforehand I’d agreed for the fee to go up after the first gig to get our foot in the door.  If you’re in any band this is a good idea to get gigs, but don’t sell yourself short.  If your band is any good, it’ll get rebooked.

Now get out there and enjoy your music, if the band doesn’t the audience sure isn’t going to.

Set One – 1hr

  1. Whole Lotta Love
  2. Black Shuck
  3. Hard To Handle
  4. Fire
  5. Going Down
  6. I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  7. Word Up!
  8. Hush
  9. Sympathy For The Devil
  10. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  11. Here I Go Again

Set Two – 1hr 45min

  1. Sweet Child O’ Mine
  2. Eruption solo into She Sells Sanctuary
  3. Rock & Roll
  4. Voodoo Child
  5. Superstition
  6. Play Your Funky Music
  7. Bed Of Roses
  8. You Give Love A Bad Name
  9. Don’t Stop Believin’
  10. Sex On Fire
  11. All Right Now
  12. Born To Be Wild
  13. You Really Got Me
  14. Summer Of 69
  15. Sweet Home Alabama
  16. Living On A Prayer
  17. The One And Only
  18. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn
  19. Freebird
  20. Sweet Child O’ Mine