I haven’t played in a band since high school, so it’s been years since really thinking about playing live gigs and wondering which bands I’d love to open for. If I were in that situation though, this is what would go through my head.
When you open for a band, you might get to meet that band. Easy then, I’d open for Arcade Fire. I’m a huge fan of the band from the early days and I’ve always wondered what they’d be like in person. Know doubt there would be a chance backstage for a beer to be had together.
When you open for a band, your performance will be compared to the headliner. In that case, I’d pick the band with the highest “worst-live-show-to-popularity ratio”. I don’t think that’s really that possible these days as a bands’ live show is so important, but a band that I can show up live and will be popular enough to draw a good crowd into the room. I won’t even try to name a band here.
When you are hypothetically opening for a band, that band can be anyone. I’d open for Elvis. Just to meet the guy, see him perform and hopefully teach him a few things from my opening set. Is he going to know what Indie Rock is? Not yet.
I realize these three points don’t really help settle on one particular band but perhaps the best way to answer this question is to say I’d rather not open for any band. I figured that out years ago, I belong in the audience, not on the stage.
How about you?
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