Asking a band that writes their own material to cover classic, albeit cherished, songs is generally poor etiquette. I am not sure “freebird!” guy still exists in this day and age (Grady thinks he has been replaced by “more cowbell!” guy), but he and his counterparts are a public nuisance. If a band writes their own material, they are not about to be your personal YouTube channel.
So, now that I have that disclaimer out of the way, I can get to shouting my virtual requests at RTB2. First off, there is some precedence given that RTB2 actually does throw in a cover now and then. Rumor has it the band played “Mississippi Queen” once for a $100 tip. That’s a little steep for me, but on the heels of my review of their new album, 2, which you can read here, here’s a list of 10 songs I would happily drop a Hamilton to watch RTB2 cover.
“Ten Dollar Man” – ZZ Top (A titular coincidence, Grady’d be great on this)
“The Shape I’m in” – The Band
“Put Out the Fire” – Queen
“Ezy Ryder” – Jimi Hendrix
“Wooly Bully” – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
“Working Man” – Rush (This might actually get a drumstick thrown at my head)
“Marquee Moon” – Television
“Little Triggers” – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
“Up Above My Head” – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
“20th Century Boy” – T. Rex