All bands need surprises. No matter who you are or how many people come to see your gigs, you will get stale if you play the same notes every night.
I have written previously in this blog about Randy Meisner, the bass player in the Eagles, who left the band after a fallout with Glenn Frey when he refused to sing Take It To The Limit one night, just because he was sick of singing it.
The Beatles’ answer to this conundrum was twofold – stop playing live, and just keep writing new songs.
Billy Joel regularly replaced the lyrics in his songs with risqué equivalents in countries where English wasn’t the no. 1 language to give the band a laugh.
I love watching Bruce Springsteen and his band arrange, rehearse and play a song they haven’t played for years – live – in the middle of a gig.
These veteran performers know the value of surprises – no matter how professional you are in your job, it’s difficult to generate the same energy every night when you know what’s coming all the time.
So I hope that the winner of our competition gets a surprise this morning and they have a better day as a result. They commented on my Theme Night highlights video and helped me with formulating the setlist for the Vicar St gig in Feb. Because of that (and a random selection that worked in their favour), they have won two tickets to the show and two seats on the Thomas Connolly Theme Night Bus (going up and down that day).
So thanks to everyone who commented and shared, but there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Chanel Carney – please get in touch to claim your prize. Your suggestion of Bat Out of Hell will be strongly considered!