I have often wondered if artists play their most well known songs out of obligation to their audience but secretly think ‘do we really have to play this every night?’
I have seen Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler solo probably around 20 times and never not seen them play Sultans of Swing.
The Waterboys have played TheWhole of the moon every time I have seen them – twice in the last 3 months including Moseley Folk Festival where they started with it which I thought was a little bizarre but it worked.
Would Lindisfarne ever not play Fog on the Tyne or Elbow not play A day like this?
Has anyone seen a band where they have deliberately not played their most famous song? I once saw Yes play the unreleased Tales from Topographic Oceans in its entirety – they redeemed themselves(slightly) in the encore with if I recall Roundabout and Yours is no Disgrace.