Should veteran musicians stick to just 3 new songs at concerts?

Most of the time, when you go to see an artist perform live, you’re hoping to hear a medley of hits from their entire discography, not just from the last few years. But that doesn’t always happen and sometimes musicians will play too many new songs in the hopes of encouraging fans to buy their latest album. According to Billboard, that’s not a good idea. Instead, artists should stick to the Three Play Rule: performing only three new songs and leaving the rest for old hits. This way artists don’t risk alienating their crowd–many of whom have come to hear the songs that made them famous–while at the same time still being able to introduce them to fresh material. This, of course, only applies to seasoned bands and musicians, as younger artists might have no choice but to perform content from their first (and only) album.

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