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When people are respectful, tip, etc. and we know the tune, we do it. For people like this we'll usually say that we play more obscure versions of the requested artist's music. Then we play whatever we want and announce it as one of (requested artist's) more obscure favorites of ours. They're happy as clams just thinking they had some part of the experience, and we get to move on.
 
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The best are the drunks that go: "play that song.....you know.........it goes do do dah do dah dah do do........" :drunken:
I did that once a long time ago with my old garage band mates. Trying to work out an original tune and I say "so just play dum da da dee dum" or whatever. My guitarist gets animated, starts pointing to his guitar neck yelling "NOTES.. I NEED NOTES!"
 

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We only play requests if we know it. We don't use a set list so every show is different, but we have a huge master list to pull from. We don't mind requests since that makes it easier to fill in the set. Fortunately we haven't had too many times like OP with a belligerent patron, though we've had some that were still a bit obnoxious.
 

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I saw a duo that did half serious songs and half gag songs. They would say "we'll play any song you request or your cover charge will be refunded" and someone would yell out a random song title to where they duo would break into South Park's "Kyle's mom is a big fat *****".
 

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I’ve had guys in bands, myself included tell people if they have a request to write it on the back of a $20 and bring it to the stage. If we know it we’ll play it. If we don’t, thank you very much…we also named are tip jar Phil. Phil the tip jar!
 

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PLAY FREEBIRD!!!!! PLAY SLAYER!!!!! If I could never hear those words ever again I would be so happy!!
If somebody says the latter, I start a quiet, persistent 1&2 on toms and make someone else in the band shoot it down. Twice, nobody shot it down and my legs got a bonus workout.
 

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I suggest your bassist, especially, and all band members go thru some "crowd control training" to establish stage boundaries.......


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The latter is funny and the first one is downright messed up. I do not care what lead to that, there was no need. I hope he was arrested.
 

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The latter is funny and the first one is downright messed up. I do not care what lead to that, there was no need. I hope he was arrested.
He was:

On February 17, 2015, Afroman was midway through his performance at a live music venue in Biloxi, Mississippi, when a woman walked on stage. She approached Foreman from behind, drink in hand, while dancing. When she touched Foreman he spun around rudely touched her. He was subsequently escorted offstage by security and was arrested and taken into custody, and charged with assault. He was released on bond shortly thereafter.
(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afroman)
 

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"Slayer" has become the "Freebird" of Generation X for sure.
For real. We had a guy yell that at a show in my old band and later that night my old bass player ended up in the bathroom with the guys girlfriend. Now it’s become a thing we say when someone yells for slayer we just say “the last guy that yelled slayer our bass player f***** his girl” lol
 
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The band that I've played in for almost 30 years started life as a southern rock cover band when we were teenagers. Freebird was always the closer in those early days. We spent our formative years learning that song to exacting perfection.

Years later, when we were touring as an original rock band, every time someone yelled for Freebird, without hesitation, we would start at the solo section and play it note for note all the way to the end and then continue on with our set of originals. It gained us quite a following and became an "inside joke" amongst our regular crowd. The look on the face of the requester was always priceless. Every. Single. Time.

Good memories.
 

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For real. We had a guy yell that at a show in my old band and later that night my old bass player ended up in the bathroom with the guys girlfriend. Not it’s become a thing we say when someone yells for slayer we just say “the last guy that yelled slayer our bass player f***** his girl” lol
It is all because they were so sick at the time that it bounced back as a joke. Some of us did not know how else to react. It got to the point where if anything was good we said "Slayer, dude".

In 1990 I saw them at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. The entire first floor was pit to where my 6' 1.5" & 148pd body was was holding on for dear life hoping some crazy ass Nazi skinhead would not bash me. Years later I told Kerry King the story when I met him and he did not even react. It was all too normal until I told him that after the show the crowd started pushing their tour bus to where it was starting to sway. I got a Beavis & Butthead reaction from that, "Uh, Uh".

He technically does not inspire me other than his raw energy, but I have always looked at Lombardo's playing in awe and with enjoyment. I do not get all giddy around stars, even players who I truly look up to, but there are few that just do it to me. Dave Lombardo is one of them. I actually had to ask a mutual friend if he would introduce me 12 years ago. :)

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It is all because they were so sick at the time that it bounced back as a joke. Some of us did not know how else to react. It got to the point where if anything was good we said "Slayer, dude"

In 1990 I saw them at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. The entire first floor was pit to where my 6' 1.5" & 148pd body was was holding on for dear hoping some crazy ass Nazi skinhead would not bash me. Years later I told Kerry King the story when I met him and he did not even react. It was all too normal until I told him that after the show the crowd started pushing their tour bus to where it was starting to sway. I got a Beavis & Butthead reaction from that, "Uh, Uh".

He technically does not inspire me other than his raw energy, but I have always look at Lombardo's playing in awe and with enjoyment. I do not get all giddy around stars, even players who I truly look up to, but there are few that do it. Dave Lombardo is one of them. I actually had to ask a mutual friend if he would introduce me 12 years ago. :)

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