question about song requests at gigs

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question about song requests at gigs

Postby rhirvine » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:12 pm

I have never played a real gig but have a question for those of you who do. I noticed that in the Richard Smith and Jim Nichols live album Richard asked Jim "shall we play a little bit of blues" or something like that and Jim said "later". I don't think that that song ended up on that album. WHen I was at a Steven King concert I asked him to play "I've got Rhythm" because he was taking requests and he said "later". He didn't play it that night. My question is this: is saying "later" gig code for "I'm probably not going to play it"? Mind you I wasn't offended. I just wondered about. thanks.
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Re: question about song requests at gigs

Postby RandeDager » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:01 pm

Personally, I think they just meant that they wanted to warm up for a while first and then they forgot your request. I've seen this happen and then the person will request the song again and the performer responds with "Oh, that's right! OK, here goes!"
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Re: question about song requests at gigs

Postby Doug_H » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:22 am

Write the request on the back of a $5 bill. :mrgreen:
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Re: question about song requests at gigs

Postby rhirvine » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:58 pm

I guess it's money talks and empty requests walk or something like that.

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Re: question about song requests at gigs

Postby RandeDager » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:30 am

Rich, in my case when someone knows I can play a particularly difficult song and then requests it early in a performance, I simply tell them that I want to "warm up" with a few others first but I always remember to play it later.
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