Thursday, July 24, 2014

DMB By Request Tour - What If? 24 July 2014

I was recently made aware of the Metallica By Request tour. A band doing a setlist request show isn't something new, other artists such as Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Hanson, Franz Ferdinand, Avenged Sevenfold, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Motley Crue, My Morning Jacket, moe. and others have done this before.  But it was rather interesting to me to look at the set lists the fans turned in and see what the results would look like.

So I decided to put it to a vote.  "What if Dave Matthews Band let fans pick the setlist?"  I drafted up a little poll and set it at 20 songs that fans would most like to see performed at a DMB show. I used the number 20 as it was the average number of songs performed in the Summer 2013 Tour. The voting was for full band studio album songs only, so covers and unreleased songs weren't included in the poll. As a member of AntsMarching.org, I knew there was a wide range of fans there, but that the "hardcore element" was adequately represented there, so I announced it to the AM.org community for voting. I was also aware of the DMB Family group on Facebook which had a representation of both hardcore and casual fans.  The poll was presented to both groups - the DMB Family and the AntsMarching group for voting.  The results were rather interesting.  I was surprised by how common the results were amongst both sides of the fence.  I've noticed in the past via social networking that the most outspoken fans on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are from the casual fan side of the fence, so I made sure this poll was promoted on social networking as well, to draw in voters from the casual contingent.

In the end, the DMB Family brought 152 votes, whereas the AntsMarching group brought 96 votes - for a total of 248 votes. A full spreadsheet of the results can be downloaded here, in PDF format. Now, onto the results.



















AntsMarching.org 20 Song Setlist
Song - # Votes - % of Votes

Pig - 85 - 88.54%
The Stone - 80 - 83.33%
The Last Stop - 76 - 79.17%
Best of What’s Around - 73 - 76.04%
Warehouse - 64 - 66.67%
The Dreaming Tree - 61 - 63.54%
Typical Situation - 59 - 61.46%
Ants Marching - 56 - 58.33%
You Never Know - 56 - 58.33%
Recently - 55 - 57.29%
Spoon - 53 - 55.21%
#41 - 53 - 55.21%
Two Step - 51 - 53.13%
Seek Up - 49 - 51.04%
Bartender - 49 - 51.04%
Minarets - 46 - 47.29%
Lie In Our Graves - 42 - 43.75%
Dancing Nancies - 41 - 42.71%
Say Goodbye - 40 - 41.67%

#20 (Two Way Tie) - Crush, Jane - 37 - 38.54%

Percent of show:

BTCS - 6 - 28%
UTTAD - 5 - 24%
Crash - 4 - 19%
R2T - 4 - 19%
Busted Stuff - 2 - 10%




















DMBFamily 20 Song Setlist
Song - # Votes - % of Votes

#41 - 102 - 67.11%
The Stone - 93 - 61.18%
Pig - 91 - 59.87%
Warehouse - 81 - 53.29%
Two Step - 81 - 53.29%
Best of What’s Around - 76 - 50%
Dancing Nancies - 71 - 46.71%
Ants Marching - 70 - 46.05%
Grey Street - 68 - 44.74%
Typical Situation - 66 - 43.42%
Lie In Our Graves - 65 - 42.76%
Tripping Bilies - 64 - 42.11%
Crush - 62 - 4079%
The Last Stop - 61 - 40.13%
Halloween - 60 - 39.47%
Say Goodbye - 58 - 38.16%
Bartender - 56 - 36.84%
The Dreaming Tree - 56 - 36.84%
Seek Up - 56 - 36.84%

#20 (Four Way Tie) - DDTW, Jane, So Right, One Sweet World - 45 - 29.61%

Percent of show:

BTCS - 7 - 30%
UTTAD - 5 - 22%
Crash - 5 - 22%
R2T - 3 - 13%
Busted Stuff - 2 - 9%
Everyday - 1 - 4%

After putting those two groups results together, the conclusion was rather interesting. One, both groups like a majority of the same songs. Two, the combined results would lead to a fantastic show that would leave both hardcore and casual fans satisfied. In the event DMB ever did this, they could do it much like Metallica does - each show gets votes so each shows results could be slightly different, but a majority of these highly voted for songs would more than likely be present at each show. This goes to show the songs that fans are looking for at shows and what many consider to be their favorite songs.
 
Combined DMBFamily/AntsMarching.org 20 Song Setlist
Song - # Votes - % of Votes

Pig - 176 - 70.97%
The Stone - 173 - 69.76%
41 - 155 - 62.50%
Best of What’s Around - 149 - 60.08%
Warehouse - 145 - 58.47%
The Last Stop - 137 - 55.24%
Two Step - 132 - 53.23%
Ants Marching - 126 - 50.81%
Typical Situation - 125 - 50.40%
The Dreaming Tree - 117 - 47.18%
Dancing Nancies - 112 - 45.16%
Lie In Our Graves - 107 - 43.15%
Bartender - 105 - 42.34%
Seek Up - 105 - 42.34%
Crush - 99 - 39.92%
Say Goodbye - 98 - 39.52%
Tripping Billies - 98 - 39.52%
Recently - 96 - 38.71%
Grey Street - 95 - 38.31%
You Never Know - 93 - 37.50%

Percent of show:

BTCS - 5 - 25%
UTTAD - 5 - 25%
Crash - 5 - 25%
R2T - 2 - 10%
Busted Stuff - 3 - 15%

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