I’ve done as much complaining about the setlist as anyone, going as far as to brazenly submit my own setlist for the band to follow. Sadly, they did not follow directions well. (not that I actually expected our brown napkin with the set list written in black Sharpie to go far…) So for this blog, I am only going to pick 5 songs that I’ve NEVER heard live (keep in mind that perhaps you may have heard songs that I have not or vice-versa as you read along) and make my case. It is never too early to begin the “setlist suggestion box”, I like to say!!
These are also in no particular order…
Late Bar: Yes, I know you’ve probably seen us mention this before. I’d ask for Secret Oktober again if I could, but that’s on another list for another day. The fact is, this song is a great dance and party song – and while it is true that many in the audience have not heard it before – I think there are more than a few of us who are willing to sing and clap enthusiastically enough to get the right amount of charge for everyone else!
New Moon on Monday: So, I hear that this will never happen because it’s out of Simon’s range. I don’t know if that rumor is true or not – but I do know that I’ve never heard it live, and I would love to re-enact those super cool dance moves at the end of the video. Oh yes, you know the ones, and I rock at that “white girl dancing” thing. Besides, what Duranie does NOT want to sing “I light my torch and wave it for the new moon on Monday, and a firedance through the night, I stayed the cold day, with a lonely satellite” at the top of their lungs along with the band?? It’s a song simply MADE for a sing-a-long. Dreams are free, people!
Sound of Thunder: This song has deep personal meaning for me, and if you don’t know what I’m going on about – you should check out the review we did of this song here. I would love to hear this live, and I’ll bet John’s bass line would have me (and everyone else) on their knees begging for mercy. Who doesn’t want that??
Edge of America: Have you listened to this one lately? The words are enough to bring me to tears..and the music is some of the best that Duran has ever done. I would love to see Dom tackle the solo in this one…and to see even a smidgeon of the jamming that takes place in this song would make me scream. It’s brilliant, and I’ll bet it would be incredible live. This is a song I’m actually surprised the band hasn’t done more often – they are SO good at bringing rawness to their songs live, and this one just begs to be played.
Lastly…and I’m hesitant to even bring this up…
Tricked Out: I know, I know. Sit down before you fall down. You read that correctly. The thing is, I have a sort of hate/love relationship with this song. When I first heard it, I felt like it was a near rip-off of Danny Elfman, which both intrigued and concerned me, as I’m a pretty big fan of Elfman. I didn’t like the way the guitar was buried in the mix though, and it really is buried in there, I promise. I chalked it up to being overproduced and kind of gave up on it, just ask Amanda. She went to the Broadway shows while I was at home sick, “incubating” and unable to travel, and reported to me that I “HAD” to see this live. I heard her say the words, but figured she was crazy and never thought much about it again. In April when I was out visiting, she dug out some footage that I’d never seen of one of the Broadway performances….and I have to say…I’m a believer now! I think the band should play it, and that I should absolutely be up front for this one. Who knew one of my five songs would end up being off of Red Carpet Massacre?!?
There were so many songs I could have put on this list….songs like Of Crime and Passion and Cracks in the Pavement, or Perfect Day..or even Too Much Information. For as many times as I’ve seen the band live now, there is still more for me to see and hear – I suppose we’re all both cursed and lucky in that regard! Can you come up with five never-heard-by-you-live songs that you’d love to see??