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

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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 14,339
    RiotAct10 said:
    Betterman in Cleveland, 2006, was a surprise out of the gate.
    yeah, I don't know if it's unique or not, but Winnipeg 2005 opener of Betterman surprised me too. 
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 14,339
    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.
    I think Small Town would be an amazing opener. 
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 14,339
    Edved007 said:

    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.

    that sounds like my heaven. 
  • bk159954bk159954 Posts: 149
    Last Kiss -- Milwaukee June 30th, 2006. Might be the only time they ever opened with that.
  • unhjeffunhjeff Posts: 6
    edited January 12
    Hard to Imagine & Wash opened two show in Mansfield, MA (Tweeter Center) in 2008. That was pretty epic.
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  • bflynn1bflynn1 Posts: 1,041
    On the Lightning Bolt tour stop in Tulsa 2014 they opened with Pendulum (which I kind of expected) but then they went into Hard to Imagine and I thought that was pretty cool. 
  • bigjilmbigjilm WAPosts: 53
    Arc - Little Rock 03

  • HarrycatHarrycat UKPosts: 31

    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'd list anywhere of all of the openers? Just curious...thanks.

    They opened with Given to Fly at Hyde Park 2010.

  • DC29940DC29940 Tucson, AZPosts: 179
    Love Boat Captain in St. Louis in 2004 was pretty cool and very unexpected.
    Kansas City 7/03/98
    St. Louis 10/11/00
    Kansas City 10/12/00
    St. Louis 4/22/03
    Kansas City 6/12/03
    St. Louis 10/5/04
    Kansas City 5/3/10
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  • HarrycatHarrycat UKPosts: 31
    edited January 12
    RS151862 said:
    I haven’t seen too many unique openers, maybe Once or Unthought Known. Oddly, I have seen Release 5 times, but only twice as an opener. 
    Release was the opener at my first and second show. Melbourne 95, 98.
    London 2009 Sometimes
    London 2010 Given to fly 
    Leeds 2014 Pendulum
  • GibsonGibson TorontoPosts: 1,608
    goldrush said:
    JimmyV said:

    I would hit on my cousin to see that show. Yeah - I said it.
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  • bosshogg18bosshogg18 Tacoma, WAPosts: 963
    Alive, Dallas 2003. Alive usually played towards end of show. Would love to see show open with Yellow Ledbetter, just to fuck with people's minds. Close show with Release, Long Road, or Pendulum. Complete backwards setlist.
  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 40,654
    edited January 12
    Oceans
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  • NDJeff7NDJeff7 Posts: 54
    Interstellar Overdrive to open Indy '00 was cool, although most people had no idea what it was until Corduroy started.

    Severed Hand in Chicago '06 worked pretty well. They played the recorded intro from the album for a long time while they took the stage.
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 14,339
    PJ_Soul said:
    Oceans
    FUCK. YOU. 
  • EK125569EK125569 Posts: 2
    So you wanna be a rock and roll star-Jazz Fest 2010
  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 40,654
    PJ_Soul said:
    Oceans
    FUCK. YOU. 
    :lol:
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  • TamaDrummer91TamaDrummer91 VAPosts: 1,132
    I’ll join in with the Lightning Bolt crowd. Saw it in Lexington 16, first time they ever opened a show with it. Surprised it took 3 years. 
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  • iammine16iammine16 Vancouver, BCPosts: 609

    Vancouver '09 - In My Tree


    Very unique and set the tone for a great show!

    Vancouver, BC - 2005
    Vancouver, BC - 2009
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  • I saw them open with Animal in Va Beach '98.  That was crazy, definitely set the tone for the rest of the show. 
  • cutzcutz Posts: 7,253
    According to Live Footsteps, these have opened less then 10 times ever.

    Hard To Imagine
    Present Tense
    Unthought Known
    Gonna See My Friend
  • SandyRavageSandyRavage Posts: 263
    edited January 13
    State Of Love And Trust. Only used as an opener 3 times. And 1 of them was the "drunk" MTV show! 
  • LCLC North Andover, MAPosts: 136
    Last Exit as an opener in Kissimmee 2004 worked well.
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  • Weston1283Weston1283 Cleveland, OHPosts: 2,287
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  • bootlegger10bootlegger10 Posts: 10,221
    I saw them open with Animal in Va Beach '98.  That was crazy, definitely set the tone for the rest of the show. 

    I love the classic Release or Long Road openers.  But after the first song, it is time to get going.  These slow 2-3 song openers drag too long.  Fine for the start of encores but not for the beginning of shows.
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 14,534
    I saw them open with Animal in Va Beach '98.  That was crazy, definitely set the tone for the rest of the show. 

    I love the classic Release or Long Road openers.  But after the first song, it is time to get going.  These slow 2-3 song openers drag too long.  Fine for the start of encores but not for the beginning of shows.
    I couldn't agree more.  Nothing like a slow opener and then kicking into go. 
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  • giventofly69giventofly69 VancouverPosts: 665
    I've been pretty lucky with openers. Release, Oceans, Long Road, Of the Girl, in My Tree, Small Town, Love Boat Captain. But my favourite was Wash at the stinking hot Gorge. 
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  • hrd2imgnhrd2imgn Southwest Burbs of ChicagoPosts: 3,956
    edited January 14
    All or none at the VIC was the beginning of the magic, the combo of the show, all the ten clubbers, Lolla week, that was as amped a opener not named release I have seen
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    Chicago
    3/10/94
    7/11/95
    6/18/03
    5/16/06
    5/17/06
    Lolla 07
    VIC 07
    8/23/09
    8/24/09
    Wrigley 13
    Wrigley 1 2016
    Wrigley 2 2016
    Moline 14
    Milwaukee
    7/8/95
    6/29/06
    6/30/06
    10/20/14
    East Troy
    6/26/98
    6/21/03
    PJ20 1/2
    Indianapolis
    10/18/00
    6/22/03
    5/7/10
    Wash DC 08
    NYC MSG 1&2 08
    St Louis 2010

    Ed Milwaukee 08
    Ed Chicago 8-22-08 & 6-28-11
  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 18,551
    edited January 13
    92 lolla opener Jones beach 
    Summertime Rolls 
    paramount 94 RVM 
    96 Randals Island 
    n1 Last exit 
    n2 sometimes 
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  • i_lov_iti_lov_it Perth, Western AustraliaPosts: 3,898
    Breakerfall Perth 2009
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