Favorite cover songs to play?

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I used to not like "Rock 'N Roll" by Led Zeppelin. Not because of the song mind you but more becuase of the way I played it. We generally video every gig and our band managment would post clips of that song on social media and I would cringe watching/ listening to myself. But it also proved very helpful. I would make subtle adjustments each time and I now have it down to where it sounds respectable.

One of the biggest tripping points for me was establishing the correct tempo. I think in general I had a tendency to play it too fast. Now, before I count it off, i sing the beginning of Johnny B Goode to myself and that centers the time for me. Also a big improvement in my playing in general, has been lowering my hi-hat volume. I try to self mix on the fly and to make my groove sound like it would as if it were on a record.

All of this is a long-winded way of saying, I've been digging playing Rock N Roll lately, and I enjoy coming up with subtly different endings that add excitement.

I also don't mind playing "Uptown Funk" - Bruno Mars although it's getting a little long in the tooth at this point.

"Your Love" - The Outfield is still fun for me.

Even after 10 years with this band, "American Girl" - Tom Petty is still fun to play. This is another one that I've honed in on. I see a lot of guys play this tune way too slow. If you listen to the record it moves along at a pretty good clip. I also try to play 8 or 16 bar phrases like Stan did, in an effort to give new sections a lift and to make the tune sound less stagnant.

"American Band" - GFR
"I will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor cheesey as the tune is, I just try to be a four on the floor, disco-thumping machine on this one.

"Dont Stop Believin'" - Journey

We also do a 5 song Bon Jovi medley which includes snippets of Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Runaway, and Dead or Alive that's still fun.
 

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Of my years playing covers, top 10:
Pretzel Logic
Runnin Down A Dream
The Daily Grind
Waterfall
Hot Tamale Baby
Hysteria
Let It Roll
Freeway Jam
Take the Long Way Home
Beast of Burden
 

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Some have been mentioned but here's mine. Some are just the groove my bands get into when we play these, so they seem way more fun.

Melt With You - Modern English
You May Be Right - Billy Joel
Broken Hearted Savior - Big Head Todd
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
Come Together - Beatles
The Wall Pt 2 - Pink Floyd
 

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Mitch Michell to me is what Bonham is to other drummers. I love his playing style and Fire was a land mark for me in my own playing. Such a great song.
Tmcfour, for me Noel Redding is the road map, his bass playing is so spot on and pertinent to the spirt of the song that as long as I am listening to him play I am anchored.
 

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Hush - Deep Purple
Wishing Well - Free
Rock Candy - Montrose
Rock and Roll - Zep
Whole Lotta Love - Zep
Good Times Bad Times - Zep
South California Purples - Chicago
Too Rolling Stoned - Trower
Little Wing - Hendrix
Angel - Hendrix
Never Before - Deep Purple
Alright Now - Free
Pictures Of Home - Deep Purple
 

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Fire - Hendrix
Highway Star - Deep Purple
New World Man - Rush
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
Do You Feel Like I Do - Frampton
 

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Fire - Hendrix
Highway Star - Deep Purple
New World Man - Rush
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
Do You Feel Like I Do - Frampton
Those would all be awesome to play--used to play Safety Dance of all things, but it was kinda cool. We just learned Barracuda...now THAT is a tricky but FUN tune to jam, esp once everyone learns all odd-time parts...
 

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The aforementioned "Barracuda".
My Sharona (Knack)
Everlong (Foo Fighters)
Whip It (Devo)
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (Beatles)
Stay (Bowie, we all take solos)
Look Sharp (Joe Jackson- a band I'm in plays the entire album in sequence)
Good Vibrations (Beach Boys, this one was a challenge, to say the least)
All Down The Line/Rocks Off (Stones)

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He's a whore.....Cheap Trick
Black Dog/ Livin Lovin.....Zep
Life in London.....Pat Travers
Bad Motor Scooter....Montrose
Kansas.....Masque
Easy livin.....Uriah Heep
Man on the Silver Mountain.....Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore
Mississippi Queen..... lesli West/Mountain
Train Train.....Blackfoot
I think I'm going bald.....Rush
Stone cold crazy.....Queen
Learn to fly ....Foo,s
 

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These are a few favorites of mine.
Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger
Highway Star - Deep Purple
Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross
To Much Time on my Hands - Styx
Keep on Rollin’ - REO Speedwagon
 

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Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly
The Israelites - Desmond Dekker
In My Life - Beatles
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
Devil is a Friend of Mine - Grateful Dead
L'il Darlin - Count Basie
Muskrat Ramble
Time to Kill - The Band
 

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Hmm,

Soul Sacrifice - Santana
Rock & Roll - Led Zep
I Should've Known It - Tom Petty/HB's
Peg - Steely Dan
Pride & Joy - SRV
La Grange - ZZ
Roundabout - Yes
Hold Your Head Up - Argent
 

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Few more I thunk of...

Don't Do Me Like That--TP (the "fill")
Can't You See--Marshall Tucker (our lead vox also plays flute, so it goes over BIG)
Sweet Child 'O Mine--Always gets a crowd response!
Hard To Handle--still fun, but getting a bit tired of it, good warm up tune
Jealous Again--just started doing it. Intro always throws me for a loop tho!
Heartache Tonight--thumpin' good time, plus I always try to sneak the studio version very-end-of-tune tom rolls in
Mississippi Queen--MORE COWBELL!! (sorry...)
 

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My Old School - Steely Dan
My Sharona - The Knack
My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
Pour Me - Trick Pony
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
 

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Most places that hire cover bands have crowds who prefer the ear worm type of cover tunes that have been played over and over again. Lesser known oldies--especially album fillers--don't get the people involved in partying.
 

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forgot to list the ultimate garage anthem -

Like a Hurricane - Neil Young . I've seen otherwise " serious " musicians bravely trying to contain their inner 18 year old , but by the third chorus,they too feel a mighty wind blowing through ( whats left of) their hair .
 
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Stiff Competition- Cheap Trick
Soul Man- Sam and Dave/Blues Bros
Cowboy Song-Thin Lizzy
Bohemian Like You-Dandy Warhols
Ring of Fire-Johnny Cash
New York-Sex Pistols
No Fun-Iggy Pop
English Civil War-The Clash
 


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