Cover Songs

Introduction

While The Protomen are best known for their original works, the band has also added a startling variety of covers to their touring repertoire over the years. These covers are performed with the same ferocity as their own music, and are just as well received by the fanbase. A cover album with a projected 15 tracks is in development for 2013.

Themes and preferences

The covers performed by The Protomen are carefully selected for thematic appropriateness to the group's underlying concept. Songs about heroism, struggle, resistance and sacrifice dominate the cover roster. In recent years an important development has been the appearance of a sub-theme of love; songs like Bonnie Raitt's Total Eclipse of the Heart and Huey Lewis' Power of Love reveal the passionate heart of the group hidden under all that grim facepaint and black clothing- both for their audience and for the joy they take in performance.

This page is an attempt to catalogue known covers performed by the band (with video links whenever possible) but it is not possible to create an exhaustive detailing of every performance.

Some of the dates assigned as first performed are approximate or best guesses based on available information. If you know of covers or videos missing from this list, please contact the wiki-editor immediately. Thanks to everyone who has helped out with dates and titles!

2006

Seperate Ways - Journey
Seperate Ways has been performed by the band as early on as 2006! It has been a mainstay in the band's repertoire ever since. Because it was heavily performed in 2010 and 2011, there are lots of good videos of this cover.
Notable performances: CIA, Los Angeles August 30, 2010, Jamspace at PAX September 4, 2010, MAGFest 9 Jan 4, 2011 and A&G Ohio March 2011

2007

The Trooper by Iron Maiden
MTAC Nashville, TN, April 14, 2007. Video credit: stickworldmayor0601
Other notable performances: Spazzatorium Nov 3, 2007 and in Richmond Nov 4, 2007

"Glat Danzatar" or "The Rattlesnake" - a three-way mashup of Danzig's Mother and Pat Benetar's Invincible with elements of Act 1
Spazzatorium, Nov. 3, 2007. Video credit: Pearljammin1809
Other notable performances: A&G Ohio 2008, February 9, 2008.

I Would Die 4 U - Prince
Performed at The End in Nashville in November or December of 2007. Coincidentally, this performance was also the first public performance of The Good Doctor and Father of Death. I Would Die 4 U was also covered in a The Basement show around the same time. No video footage of these performances are currently available. PLEASE contact the editor immediately if you have any!

Easy Lover - Phil Collins
Performed at The Basement in Nashville in late November or December 2007.
No video footage of this performance is currently available. PLEASE contact the editor immediately if you have any!

Mr. Roboto - Styx
The End (?), Nashville, December 1, 2007
One of the group's oldest-standing covers. First date played is an approximate guess.
Other notable performances: A&G Ohio 2008 Nerdapalooza 2009, PAX Jamspace 2010, Nerdapalooza 2010

2008

Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
Performed at Spazzatorium, May 10, 2008. Video credit: Pearljammin1809.
Other notable performances: Mercy Lounge in 2008 - guest starring Gumby! Aug, 2008

Silent Running by Mike and the Mechanics
12th and Porter, July 25, 2008, Nashville TN. Video credit: steffyc84
Usually paired with early form of Breaking Out; not sure they have ever played this song in its entirety.
Other notable performances: BitGen 2008, August 16, 2008, and NerdPow! Nov 14, 2009
STUDIO RELEASE 12/21/12 on limited-edition cassette.

No Easy Way Out by Robert Tepper
STUDIO RELEASE produced by Alan Shacklock. November 8, 2008
Originally released as the B-side of the 7" Father of Death single.
Was performed live at the Blue Star in CA August 21, 2011.

Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy.
12th & Porter, Nashville, TN, Nov., 8, 2008.
Notable performances:Daigacon 2009, March 13, 2009, and A&G Ohio, March 12-14, 2010, Mexicali Live, NJ March 29, 2012

The Final Countdown by Europe
12th and Porter, Nashville, Nov. 2008 Video credit: leahnidas

2009

Total Eclipse of the Heart- by Bonnie Raitt/Jim Steinman
Performed at Mercy Lounge on July 20, 2009
This cover made a big resurgence in early 2010 and has dominated live performance finales since then, becoming a showpiece for The Gambler and Commander. Many, many performances of this song can be found online.

Turbo Lover - Judas Priest
Shadows of the Night - Pat Benetar
Performed at Mercy Lounge on July 20, 2009.
Shadows of the Night also came back as a rare cover in 2010 and 2012.

We Don't Need Another Hero by Tina Turner
Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Sept. 25, 2009 for Act II release.

Because the Night by Patti Smith
Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Sept. 25, 2009 for Act II release
Notable performances: Littlefield for CMJ October 19, 2010 and Danbury, CT, Oct. 24, 2010, Walnut House, TN Oct. 26, 2012

Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet
The Pond in Franklin, TN October 31, 2009. Video credit: AtypicalAMA.
Notable performances: performances from Jamspace at PAX Prime, March 2010, August 24, 2011 at Lola's Room in Portland, OR and in Winnipeg, Canada on Sept 1, 2011.

I Drove All Night by Roy Orbison
Nerdpow! 2009, November 14, 2009. Video credit: lalalei2001
Notable performances:San Japan 2010, July 10, 2010 and Gainesville, FL, July 16 2010, and in Columbia, SC July 23, 2010
STUDIO RELEASE 12/21/12 on limited-edition cassette.

2010

Hold the Line by Toto.
Performed at 12th and Porter, Feb 28, 2010. Video credit: fjossette.
Other notable performances: August 21, 2011 at Blue Star in CA.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (right click to save .mp3)
Mercy Lounge, Nashville, April 15, 2010, Rock for Ovaries fundraiser.

Shadows of the Night by Pat Benetar
Dallas, TX, July 12, 2010. Video credit: SummerOfEvan

Power of Love by Huey Lewis & the News
PAX Prime, Seattle WA, September 4, 2010. Video credit: Brad the Producer.
Other notable performances: August 28, 2011 performance from Jillian's in Seattle, WA.

December 10, 2010 - A Night of Tribute To Black Sabbath and Queen

This special show at Exit/In in Nashville found The Protomen covering a blistering set of 15 songs originally composed by Queen. Not only did they learn all the songs, they went to immense technical pains, having 2 Red Special duplicas created, recording backing tape loops and changing outfits. (TURBO LOVER's Freddie Mercury catsuit made its debut at this show, now a common sight in live shows in 2011.) They rehearsed almost nonstop for a month in advance of the show. They repeated the set on a smaller scale for charity in April of 2011.
Queen covers have been integrated into live shows throughout 2011 and 2012, particularly Death on Two Legs (which has become a showpiece song for TURBO LOVER) , Bohemian Rhapsody, and Princes of the Universe. Flash (+ Battle Theme) has been used to open sets in the latter half of 2012 and start of 2013. The CD version of this performance was released in 2012.

2011

Against All Odds by Phil Collins
12th and Porter, Nashville, July 9, 2011. Video credit: LuchieShow
Other notable performances: Portland, OR, Aug 25, 2011. Panther has stated that "this is how the story really ends", in reference to the new version of Fade to Phil on the Act I vinyl release.

Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
Blue Star Bar, CA, August 21, 2011. Video credit: Darren Pillen

Under Pressure - featuring Ringo Segundo on vocals as "David Bowie"! The Haven, Orlando FL, November 15, 2011 Video credit: sirjamesmcrad
This version was originally performed April 2011 at the Night of Living Cover Bands.

2012

Love of My Life - Queen
Performed at Exit/In, June 22, 2012 Video credit: BucketCityMobile
A Queen cover NOT included in the tribute album.

I Still Believe by The Call
12th and Porter, Nashville, December 21, 2012. Video credit: Ben Winterman

2013

Easy Lover - Phil Collins.
Confirmed to have played at 10th Anniversary show in Nashville, may have been an earlier/older staple that didn't get caught on video.
Mercy Lounge, Nashville, April 27, 2013

Apocryphal/Unofficial/These Don't Really Count Covers

I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
Panther and Turbo Lover, chilling at a convention, Apr. 24, 2011

Just Like We Do (thx @protofans/emma story for song title)- The Gambler and Ringo Segundo, backstage, 1982 Bar, July 21, 2011. Vid credit: Bleep0Bloop

Piano Man - Billy Joel
K.I.L.R.O.Y. and Ringo Segundo, backstage at The Haven in Florida, Nov 15, 2011

Pokemon Theme
Panther with Powerglove - dedicated to Brentalfloss' "Pokemen" parody video, July 2012. Video credit: Artyen

Final Fantasy 6 - Aria
Panther and Gambler with Amanda LePre, Red 7, Austin TX, Aug 11, 2012. Video credit: JenTheRose

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