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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 1:08 pm 
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, how do i say this?

you know when you go to a live show and the band plays a recording before they come on?
i am not referring to music being played by the venue, i am talking the band's choice.

for example, when i saw bungle on the california tour, they played ken nordine's colors.
i also recall the melvins playing spike jones der fuehrer's face.


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 4:30 pm 
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Mike Watt - John Coltrane's Ascension. 2012. Venue: Doug Fir Lounge


Never saw them live but The Clash came onstage to Ennio Morricone's Ecstasy Of Gold (from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly soundtrack) for at least one show in 1980. I'm thinking the whole tour. Or, it might have been the the Main Title called The Trio from the final standoff in the cemetery. I'm confusing which song maybe, but video is out there. I thought it was the best entrance music I could remember. Up there with Coltrane's 20 minute Ascension.

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 4:37 pm 
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Motley Crue plays Crew Slut before every show.

Iron Maiden plays UFO Doctor Doctor before every show.

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Grand Funk Railroad always used 2001 A Space Oddesy (Also Sprach Zarathustra) as an intro

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 5:05 pm 
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The first band I can recall playing a taped "overture" before coming onstage was Yes, who for most of their history have introduced their shows with the finale from Stravinsky's Firebird.


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Beefheart, 1980, would play Chinese Opera music beforehand (tying in with Sheriff of Hong Kong inspiration). I'd known of this music, but never had anything in the collection. Soon after I heard it at a show (like days) I stumbled upon a 1955 issue on Angel records of the Peking Opera live in Paris. Mint. When I got it home I discovered a hand-cut piece of paper art within, brightly colored, of one of the featured performers. Remains my most cherished record.

Nick Cave, 1998, would blast Arvo Pärt music beforehand. I thought that was wonderfully pompous. Sounded great on the rock set-up, that's for sure.

Doesn't Metallica continue to open w/Morricone's Ecstasy of Gold?

OH YEAH: one of the most notorious: MAYHEM would open with a Conrad Schnitzler track, "Silvester Anfang." And it opens up their debut ep. Uncredited for a long while, but corrected. Famous dead person Euronymous was a hardcore fan and tracked CS down in Germany and was granted permission supposedly. 1987.


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Not sure if these were band or venue choices, but...

The only time I saw Zappa in 1980 I'm pretty sure they were playing Blondie (probably Heart of Glass).

In 1978 I saw an outdoor show with Greg Kihn, Nick Gilder, UFO, and Foreigner. Can't be 100% sure about the placement but Ian Dury's "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll" was played (probably between UFO and Foreigner).

In 2000, I can't remember which song, but something from Captain Beefheart's Safe As Milk was played before a Jethro Tull concert.

Before a David Lee Roth show in 1986 (with Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, etc.) I remember something from Gary Moore's Victim of the Future was played.


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 6:12 pm 
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Rush used the 3 Stooges theme (three blind mice) when I saw them in early 80's.


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 6:20 pm 
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KUIII wrote:
In 2000, I can't remember which song, but something from Captain Beefheart's Safe As Milk was played before a Jethro Tull concert.


On the "Thick as a Brick 2" tour a couple of years back, the pre-show and intermission music was all old blues and Beefheart. They definitely played "Dropout Boogie," I think "Well," "Frownland," and some others.


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 6:24 pm 
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Some cool ones. I can't remember J Tull having opening music when I saw them but I do remember at one point they had to put some coal or something into the piano to fire it up.

I need to make a correction because Ascension is 40 minutes long and I typed 20. I think because Watt maybe only played the first half of it. They covered Hendrix's Machine Gun that night.


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jaypfunk wrote:
Motley Crue plays Crew Slut before every show.


No shit! Thanks for that one. Pretty funny.


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 1:59 am 
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yes.

thanks to those who have contributed so far...
i find this interesting.

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Joan Jett always plays "Won't Get Fooled Again".

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 7:36 am 
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Yes would also occasionally use the finale from Britten's Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, and for a brief period in the late 70's, they used their own version of the opening music to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

For many years Jethro Tull used an instrumental piece of theirs called Quartet, which can be found on the Warchild extra tracks. They also used an excerpt of Saturn from Holst's The Planets, and on their 25th Anniversary tour they used Sunshine of Your Love.

One of the coolest ones I ever heard was Bowie using Kronos Quartet's arrangement of Purple Haze, probably in the early 80's. I immediately went out and bought the cd.

EDIT: Tull used an excerpt from Jupiter, not Saturn.

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D E V O

ez-listening muzak of their own tunes before shows.


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Alestorm always seem to play Something Inside So Strong before their shows. Don't know why.

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The Fripp/Eno piece "No Pussyfooting" before King Crimson sets in '74 was cool.
Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" before Melvins shows of recent is pretty great.
Chuck Brown's "Money" before Clutch goes on always rules.
Any time a band blasts James Brown over the PA before a show, it usually sets up for a good show. Snarky Puppy last week had "The Payback" blasting.
I remember some ZPZ shows around '07/'08 had a nice mix playing - Secret Chiefs 3, Hendrix, & Funkadelic.


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Just thought of this one:

Every time I ever saw U.K. either by themselves ('78) or opening for Tull ('79), they played an instrumental piece before coming on stage.

This song was later released as "Nostalgia" on Eddie Jobson's solo album Zinc - The Green Album, in 1983.

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