When you go to a concert, do you listen to the artists music on the way? Do you try to predict the set list? Do you pick the songs that you are most looking forward to hearing live? Are you disappointed when one of the songs you hoped for didn't make the cut?
For artists with a smaller catalog yet have the cache to perform a "full" set must figure out how to stretch the songs and perhaps even pick some choice covers. If lucky, you might get to hear some new, previously unreleased material.
Artists with a deep catalog must figure out how to balance the new material they are likely promoting with the back catalog hoping to satisfy the masses and not disappoint with the "classics" that must be left unperformed that night. Bruce Springsteen does a cool thing where his flips the set around night after night.
Then there's the arrangements. Which do you prefer, the one you know, similar to that on the CD or an alternate, live version? For me, I like some variation.
Then, how many songs and/or how long should the set be without overstaying your welcome or leaving the audience feeling completely cheated? I happen to like the idea of leaving wanting more while at the same time thrilled with what I got.
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