Re: Opening number
my band almost always opens with 'i'm a believer' - more or less the smashmouth version. gets 'em on the dancefloor and then an elvis medley keeps 'em there - regardless of their age.
and as for the decline i have noticed we have to work hard to get gigs and worst is that we haven't had a raise in 6 years. still my band are managing to do about two gigs a week. that's london for you. i imagine the scene is smaller in bristol. this government should lighten up on licencing laws and encourage the music industry - afterall 8% of the uk GDP is from music.