For the gigging drummers, what is your last song?

Aeolian

Platinum Member
The blues band I play with actually usually lets things down easy by playing Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Start out slow with brushes and as it picks up I usually migrate to the 2nd line thing Russel Bautiste did on Scofield's version of Cissy Strut. It fits nicely over a straight 2/4 groove. We may take it all the way up to a praise beat but usually just speed up the 2nd line a bit. Then bring it back down with an audience participation tacit part, then go out moderately.
 

Trip McNealy

Gold Member
Typically either Closing Time or My Own Worst Enemy. Although the other night, we had a few couples left in the venue and played Wonderful Tonight for them.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
Great - I love the version of "Cortez the Killer" that Dave Matthews Band played. Would love to play that song.
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Yep, that is a great version. As a hippy would say - I can dig it, man. I have our version on Youtube, but you'd have to listen to the whole concert because, as you know, it is the last song.
 
My 90s cover band used to play Closing Time by Semisonic.

My other cover band would cover Dave Matthews version of All Along the Watchtower.
 

richkenyon

Silver Member
We end our night with Cortez the Killer by Neil Young. It's anepic slow jam song and we can stretch it out as long as we want to. In my other band we end with I'm only happy when it Rains by Garbage. A crowd pleaser but kinda boring for me. Oh well.
Great - I love the version of "Cortez the Killer" that Dave Matthews Band played. Would love to play that song.

My usual band tends to end the night with "Empire State of Mind pt2" by Alicia Keys. It's a beautiful song.
 
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gf2564

Guest
Motown/pop band = Soul Man
Rock band = Free Bird.........usually a way too long version! Of course, I could make a good argument that any version is too long!
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
We end our night with Cortez the Killer by Neil Young. It's anepic slow jam song and we can stretch it out as long as we want to. In my other band we end with I'm only happy when it Rains by Garbage. A crowd pleaser but kinda boring for me. Oh well.
 

MisterZero

Senior Member
For our main set, we close with "Sweet Emotion". Then we do an encore of " Close to you", which I have no idea who sings that one, originally. Then, since 'close to you' is slow, we want to end on a 'bang', we finish with "Born to be wild', by Steppenwolf.
 

steverok

Silver Member
This list is quickly turning into "songs I never ever need to hear again", although I will admit I am guilty of playing some of them myself !
 

Dirtysticks

Senior Member
In my Funk/Soul/Jazz band that I play a lot with, we usually close with our uptempo version of "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin. Perfect song to thank guests to, introduce band with, and to provide show ending solos from the band. Fun song to play.

Sometimes if we are having fun, and the crowd is really into it, we may end with "I would die for You" or "Purple Rain" vy Prince. Both cult classics and the crowd really gets into them!
 

SquadLeader

Gold Member
We currently end with Blitzkrief Bop, played as fast as we can conceivably manage....

But it's become a bit staid and we've gotten a little bored of it so we're replacing it with a 'punked up' version of I Like It by Gerry and the Pacemakers.

After a set of mainly originals we like a short, punchy end song to finish on. Our idea with this one is that we play it then end the set with a (very) sixties style bow...all together, in time. Respect shown to our audience, and a tad quirky for a punk(y) band, having sung about prostitutes and vice for the best part of an hour :)
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Johnny B Goode - Mr Berry
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Tush - ZZ Top
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Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Good idea....this thread has given me great ideas for 'closers'.
 

TTNW

Pioneer Member
Lately, we've been ending with either Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones) or Cold Turkey (John Lennon). Both done in a very heavy rock fashion. Everyone seems to really enjoy our "not faithful to the originals" versions.

Loud, driving with ridiculous crashing at the end. Mick and Yoko would not be pleased.

We used to end with Spirit's, Gotta a Line on You.
 
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