2) Exclude key band members. “When Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones decided to scale back their lives and get off the road, we would have all preferred to see them with their bands still. The shows suffered from their absence, but people have a right to quit. A band isn't the mafia.”
3) Play too much from the new album. Culprits include Neil Young and Radiohead.
4) Only perform the hits. Culprits include Elton John and Billy Joel.
5) Play anything resembling a medley.
6) Ignore the music of your beloved former band.
7) Play perverse arrangements of your songs. Bob Dylan is the biggest offender of this one.
8) Never vary the set list. Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam can never be accused of this.
9) Solo. “This will have some dissenters. But if you aren't Neil Peart, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton or a musician on that level of genius, nobody wants to hear you solo.”
10) Squeeze every possible penny out of fans. “We know the concert industry is a business, and with record sales sinking to new lows every year, it's just about the only place where artists can make real money. That said: tickets shouldn't be $300 unless those seats are actually on the stage. Meet-and-greets should be nice perks for your most devoted fans, not ways to squeeze more money out of people -- some acts actually charge upwards of $1,000 for a quick handshake and a photo.”