tobi777 wrote:Well, the setlists from 2006 on have been nearly identical and I cannot believe any german fan would approve that - or even demand it... maybe if the setlist consisted of hits only. It's clear to me that he has to play a few hits - every artist is expected to do that - and I guess 80% of the audience only knows these songs.
But none of these people would demand him playing "Where The Blues Come From" or "Somewhere Between Highway 61 and 49" - but he played these songs anyway instead of alternating and choosing a few others from his big back catalogue. So I guess it must be a certain degree of laziness involved...
100% agree with you, Tobias, he is talking this bullshit again, I heard it all before, in 2014, he also said he plays hits since fans (namely Germans) demand for this, he even had the nerve to say he changes songs which he never did. Signing to the contract with "hits always included" does not mean " all the same 5 hits from the previous tours", and the Germans (any fans or even not fans, actually) would like to hear not the same 5 hits but other ones too, especially those he had not played live (at all or for a long time). Vice versa, if not signing to such a contact, Chris would hardly play all the new stuff like he did in 2002. I do agree it is the least effort to get what is needed/required. Public get their same old hits, label does not bother arguing since it gets its bob, Chris gets his.
MRB wrote:ok, setlist must have some of the old songs, but I guess those contracts don't say setlist must be the same in each gig of the tour? man with hundreds songs and he can only play the exact 20 songs or so, it is really like saying to rally driver you can only use one gear and not the others? really foolish contracts and if you think about it, would it really mean less audience if there was different songs?
I think anyone would be please if he even not change the songs from gig to gig but changes the setlist after all! Stop being lazy and playing the same songs which the audience actually does not want (the same blues stuff) and play more new stuff. It is even okay with hits remain the same 5-6 songs and all the other songs in the set are from the new album. Win-win for everyone. But it won't happen anyway.