Re: Opening number
Nope... if anything, it's increased.
Bars around here (Canada) typically fill up for hockey games, but with the NHL lockout, bars are scrambling to fill their chairs, and they're turning to bands to do that.
It's actually pretty cool.
As for a set opener, what style of music? Are you a cover band? What songs are in your setlist already?
Probably can't go wrong with a classic rock tune. "Mississippi Queen" is a fun one... ? Cowbell too, which you really can't ignore. ;)