What is the most unique opening song that you've seen?

Both of my most unique opening songs are ones that are played almost every night.

Porch (Hamilton - 2005) and Given to Fly (also Hamilton - 2011).

I've never seen another set-list that had either of those songs as the opener.

Porch was awesome, but GTF seemed a bit strange.

Is there a list anywhere of all of the openers? Just curious...thanks.

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  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 4,554
    I think i saw the first opening of Crazy Mary in Philly 03.  

    Alot of shocked people lol
  • PB11041PB11041 EarthPosts: 718
    I think i saw the first opening of Crazy Mary in Philly 03.  

    Alot of shocked people lol
    That was a good one. It lit a fire.  
    His eminence has yet to show. 
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    1998 - 5/1, 8/22, 8/25, 8/26, 8/28, 9/8, 9/10, 9/11
    1999 - 10/30, 10/31 (left early due to flight grrr)
    2000 - 4/12, 8/4, 8/6, 8/23, 8/24, 8/25, 8/27
    2003 - 4/28, 4/29, 5/3, 6/29, 7/5, 7/6, 7/8, 7/9, 7/14
    2005 - 9/15, 9/16
    2006 - 5/12
    2008 - 6/25
    2013 - 7/16
    2016 - 4/29, 8/7
    2018 - 9/4

  • offhegoes32offhegoes32 Posts: 359
    Do The Evolution, Champaign 2003.

    Man, what a way to get a show going.  Not sure what other times they opened with it.
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  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 12,249
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  • CopperTomCopperTom Posts: 1,869
     I got Lightning Bolt and Crazy Mary(each 2 times ever).
  • PB11041PB11041 EarthPosts: 718
    In terms of absolute numerical based fact - I Am Mine - has only opened 2 times, or 1.78% of the times it has been played.  So that would be number 1.  Followed closely by Hail, Hail - has only opened 5 times, or 2.09% of the times it has been played. 

    On the very unusual all things considered front, catching Once, which has been played 14 times as an opener but only twice since 1992, one being the night before 4.28.16, was unusual get at the Ten show.

    In terms of personal favorite and never expected to get it openers, it would be Wash, 7.14.2003.  Had not opened a show in the United States since bridge 1994, and ultimately, opener or not, I never expected I would be at a show they happened to play it.  And then I was fortunate enough to get it again just two years later in Ottawa. 
    His eminence has yet to show. 
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    1998 - 5/1, 8/22, 8/25, 8/26, 8/28, 9/8, 9/10, 9/11
    1999 - 10/30, 10/31 (left early due to flight grrr)
    2000 - 4/12, 8/4, 8/6, 8/23, 8/24, 8/25, 8/27
    2003 - 4/28, 4/29, 5/3, 6/29, 7/5, 7/6, 7/8, 7/9, 7/14
    2005 - 9/15, 9/16
    2006 - 5/12
    2008 - 6/25
    2013 - 7/16
    2016 - 4/29, 8/7
    2018 - 9/4

  • KC138045KC138045 Columbus, OHPosts: 2,644
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    Breakerfall is probably the most unique one I've got.  My first show too.
    Columbus-2000
    Columbus-2003
    Cincinnati-2006
    Columbus-2010
    Wrigley-2013
    Cincinnati-2014
    Lexington-2016
    Wrigley 1 & 2-2018
  • RiotAct10RiotAct10 OhioPosts: 1,372
    Betterman in Cleveland, 2006, was a surprise out of the gate.
    words seem so out of place.

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    5.7.10 Noblesville | 9.3.11, 9.4.11 East Troy
    10.11.13 Pittsburgh | 10.1.14 Cincinnati
    4.8.16 Ft. Lauderdale | 4.9.16 Miami
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    6.26.11 Detroit (EdVed) | 9.23.17 Louisville (EdVed)
  • rw160510rw160510 Posts: 541
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    I saw given to fly open at Hyde Park in 2010. That was probably the most unexpected opener I have seen. Other notables that do not happen too often were go in Manchester 2012, world wide suicide at the astoria in 2006 and hard to imagine in Amsterdam 2014, but that's just as they don't play that song nearly enough.
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  • cheney50mccheney50mc Posts: 197
    JimmyV said:


    http://www.livefootsteps.org/setlist/?show_id=774

                    

    Thanks for this link   :)                        





  • cheney50mccheney50mc Posts: 197
    PB11041 said:

    On the very unusual all things considered front, catching Once, which has been played 14 times as an opener but only twice since 1992, one being the night before 4.28.16, was unusual get at the Ten show.

    I always thought it was strange that Once opened both shows. And then heard that before the 2nd show they were given a '10' banner for their tenth show at the venue, so they decided to play the album. I was also surprised they went straight into '10' instead of doing the usual 2 or 3 song lead in...

    Maybe this was the only time they have opened with the same song during a 2 night stand... ?

  • Do The Evolution, Champaign 2003.

    Man, what a way to get a show going.  Not sure what other times they opened with it.
    Agree completely! Blew my mind. I think that's a really underrated show all the way around  -best version of Black I've ever heard. 
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  • CantKeepmedownCantKeepmedown Portland, MainePosts: 2,152
    I feel like it was 2006, or maybe 2003 that had a run of different openers.....Present Tense, GTF, Alive, Betterman.  For me, personally, it's probably Crazy Mary or I am Mine.

    I know they opened a Petty show with Last Kiss.  And a couple Inside Job's on the 2006 tour too.   
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  • gonzogonzo Posts: 491
    PB11041 said:

    On the very unusual all things considered front, catching Once, which has been played 14 times as an opener but only twice since 1992, one being the night before 4.28.16, was unusual get at the Ten show.

    I always thought it was strange that Once opened both shows. And then heard that before the 2nd show they were given a '10' banner for their tenth show at the venue, so they decided to play the album. I was also surprised they went straight into '10' instead of doing the usual 2 or 3 song lead in...

    Maybe this was the only time they have opened with the same song during a 2 night stand... ?

    They opened with the same three songs 6/1/06 and 6/3/06 in East Rutherford: Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide. 
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  • cheney50mccheney50mc Posts: 197
    gonzo said:
     
    They opened with the same three songs 6/1/06 and 6/3/06 in East Rutherford: Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide. 
    Wow, strange. Thanks, I like this stuff  :)
  • lolobugglolobugg BLUE RDGE MTNSPosts: 7,676

    Wash was a great opener.

    Elderly Woman was not such a great opener.

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  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 12,249
    lolobugg said:

    Wash was a great opener.

    Elderly Woman was not such a great opener.

    Elderly Woman is a great opener. Pops the crowd every time which is what an opening song should do.
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  • lolobugglolobugg BLUE RDGE MTNSPosts: 7,676
    JimmyV said:
    lolobugg said:

    Wash was a great opener.

    Elderly Woman was not such a great opener.

    Elderly Woman is a great opener. Pops the crowd every time which is what an opening song should do.


    Wrong again, Jimmy.

    totally killed the vibe in Virginia 2010. so much so that they played about 5 or 6 rockers in a row to get it going again.

    maybe it had to do with the shitty acoustics at that Amphitheatre.

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  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 12,249
    lolobugg said:
    JimmyV said:
    lolobugg said:

    Wash was a great opener.

    Elderly Woman was not such a great opener.

    Elderly Woman is a great opener. Pops the crowd every time which is what an opening song should do.


    Wrong again, Jimmy.

    totally killed the vibe in Virginia 2010. so much so that they played about 5 or 6 rockers in a row to get it going again.

    maybe it had to do with the shitty acoustics at that Amphitheatre.

    Montreal loved it in 2011.
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  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 12,297
    I've heard some pretty cool openers at most of my shows:

    Pittsburgh 00 - Even Flow
    Pittsburgh 03 - Small Town
    Cleveland 06 - Better Man
    Camden II 06  - Wash (I know they opened with it a lot in the early 90s, but to hear it open a show in 2006 was quite a surprise!)
    Wash DC 08 - Hard to Imagine
    Hampton 16 - Why Go
    Wrigley I 16 - Low Light (Statistically speaking, this is my most unique only ever opening a show twice).


  • Edved007Edved007 Milwaukee, WIPosts: 896

    My first show in Milwaukee on 7/9/95 opened with "Act of Love". In hindsight, that was insane, but I didn't appreciate it like I do now.  My little two show trip I did to Brazil in 15' was awesome for openers. Got The Beatles "Rain" in Belo Horizonte after a day of solid monsoon weather, and then a couple days later got Oceans in Rio on the most gorgeous beach I've seen...that was a sweet back-to-back run of openers given the locale, weather, etc.

    95' - 7/9
    98' - 6/26, 6/27, 6/29, 8/26, 9/22
    99' - 6/13 (EV)
    02' - 11/2 (Brad)
    03' - 4/25
    06' - 6/29, 6/30
    07' - 8/05
    08' - 8/19 (EV),
    09' - 8/23
    11' - 9/03, 9/04
    12' - 9/30, 11/14 (RNDM), 11/15 (EV), 11/16 (EV)
    13' - 7/16, 7/19, 10/21, 10/22, 11/15, 11/16, 12/06
    14' - 06/28, 06/29, 10/1, 10/03, 10/16, 10/17, 10/20, 10/22
    15' - 11/20, 11/22
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  • Wash. Philadelphia, 2005.
    Would have never picked it but it was great...
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  • lolobugglolobugg BLUE RDGE MTNSPosts: 7,676
    JimmyV said:
    lolobugg said:
    JimmyV said:
    lolobugg said:

    Wash was a great opener.

    Elderly Woman was not such a great opener.

    Elderly Woman is a great opener. Pops the crowd every time which is what an opening song should do.


    Wrong again, Jimmy.

    totally killed the vibe in Virginia 2010. so much so that they played about 5 or 6 rockers in a row to get it going again.

    maybe it had to do with the shitty acoustics at that Amphitheatre.

    Montreal loved it in 2011.

    it could've been the Goldman Sachs fuckers in the crowd from DC.

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    2004- Asheville, NC (hometown show)

    2006- Cincinnati, OH

    2008- Columbia, SC

    2009- Chicago, IL x 2 / Ed Ved- Atlanta, GA x 2

    2010- Bristow, VA

    2011- Alpine Valley, WI (PJ20) x 2 / Ed Ved- Chicago, IL

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  • lolobugglolobugg BLUE RDGE MTNSPosts: 7,676

    Oh, I forgot "Hard to Imagine" was awesome as an opener in Chicago 2009.

    best 2nd song ever- "Arms Aloft"  :lol:

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    1995- New Orleans, LA

    1996- Charleston, SC

    1998- Atlanta, GA: Birmingham, AL: Greenville, SC: Knoxville, TN

    2000- Atlanta, GA: New Orleans, LA: Memphis, TN: Nashville, TN

    2003- Raleigh, NC: Charlotte, NC: Atlanta, GA

    2004- Asheville, NC (hometown show)

    2006- Cincinnati, OH

    2008- Columbia, SC

    2009- Chicago, IL x 2 / Ed Ved- Atlanta, GA x 2

    2010- Bristow, VA

    2011- Alpine Valley, WI (PJ20) x 2 / Ed Ved- Chicago, IL

    2012- Atlanta, GA

    2013- Charlotte, NC

    2014- Cincinnati, OH

    2015- New York, NY

    2016- Greenville, SC: Hampton, VA:: Columbia, SC: Lexington, KY: Philly, PA 2: (Wrigley) Chicago, IL x 2 (holy shit): Temple of the Dog- Philly, PA

    2017- ED VED- Louisville, KY

    2018- Chicago, IL x2, Boston, MA x2

  • mr bunglemr bungle Posts: 844

    The first one to pop into my head was Seeing RVM open in San Bernadino in 2000.

  • lolobugglolobugg BLUE RDGE MTNSPosts: 7,676
    looking at my stats on livefootsteps............ I have seen some awesome openers.  LBC, Hail Hail, Can't Keep, Of the Girl, Low Light, Corduroy, Once, Animal.... hell I prefer all of these to the "traditional openers"!!!!

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    1995- New Orleans, LA

    1996- Charleston, SC

    1998- Atlanta, GA: Birmingham, AL: Greenville, SC: Knoxville, TN

    2000- Atlanta, GA: New Orleans, LA: Memphis, TN: Nashville, TN

    2003- Raleigh, NC: Charlotte, NC: Atlanta, GA

    2004- Asheville, NC (hometown show)

    2006- Cincinnati, OH

    2008- Columbia, SC

    2009- Chicago, IL x 2 / Ed Ved- Atlanta, GA x 2

    2010- Bristow, VA

    2011- Alpine Valley, WI (PJ20) x 2 / Ed Ved- Chicago, IL

    2012- Atlanta, GA

    2013- Charlotte, NC

    2014- Cincinnati, OH

    2015- New York, NY

    2016- Greenville, SC: Hampton, VA:: Columbia, SC: Lexington, KY: Philly, PA 2: (Wrigley) Chicago, IL x 2 (holy shit): Temple of the Dog- Philly, PA

    2017- ED VED- Louisville, KY

    2018- Chicago, IL x2, Boston, MA x2

  • lolobugg said:

    Wash was a great opener.

    Elderly Woman was not such a great opener.

    They opened with Elderly Woman in Moline. I thought it was fitting because it’s a “small town”. Then they played No Code in it’s entirety. 
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