Hey guys. I was thinking, since there was a Endless Setlist 1 guide, I think there needs to be a public Endless Setlist 2 guide.
Please note that this idea originally came from "pvtGramps", I will be using a similar layout to the one he posted awhile ago, so some credit goes to him for giving me something to go by.
This is a cool little guide if you are looking to pass and defeat the Endless Setlist 2. This guide will make it easier on your band, or you if you decide to tackle the ESL2 by yourself. We will go through this guide assuming you are with a band of more than one person, and if not, then just follow the guide anyway. We'll tackle down a good time frame, how to prepare for this event, and how to survive. We will divide the categories into their respective tiers. (Warm-up, Apprentice, Solid, etc.)
Before we tackle the ESL2, lets keep a few things in mind.
- Upon completing the ESL2, you will get icons. These icons are available offline and online, and they are only tied to your Character, so if you want one character to have multiple icons, have everyone pick the same dude/dudette. Beating the ESL2 on Medium will get you an Inverted Icon, Hard will yield you a Golden Icon, and Expert will of course give you a Platinum Icon.
- Be warned that you only get the icon of the lower difficulty setting played. Like if you have you on Expert and your friend on Hard, you will only get the Golden Icons. It kind of is disappointing, but hey, thats the way it goes champ.
- The requirements of being able to get to the ESL2, is that you need 900 Stars, you need to get all the vehicles, roadies, and I believe you need to get into the Hall of Fame. The ESL2 will be played in Shanghai, so please make sure you meet those requirements before you get happy go lucky and get your hopes crushed.
- If you happen to fail a song, it isn't the end of the world, because you can simply restart. Although it does ruin your chances of getting the Bladder of Steel Award. To get this, you must NOT pause, disconnect your controllers, or hit the PS/360 buttons in gameplay.
- The fatigue and endurance for this event is raised because now we are dealing with 84 songs. This will take about 6 and a half hours. Make sure you are in a comfortable playing environment, and at a good time for YOU. The recommended time to start is nine in the- I mean, early in the afternoon, so you can be finished around to get your grub on at dinner. Make sure you have a free day off, and have fun with it.
For the Guitarist/Bassist, just stretch a little, crack your knuckles, loosen your finger joints and your wrists, because you will be strumming and fingering a bunchload. For your Drummer, I suggest stretching out the legs, calves, arms, and wrists. Depending on your drum set you will be wailing on pads and kicking down a pedal, especially towards the end of the ESL. Vocalists, before beginning, just sing a quick tune. Do re me fa so la te do works fine, also, make sure to drink old fashioned water to keep your vocal chords moist, otherwise puberty will be coming back with a vengeance. Some good pep talk is nice for the band. I don't mean a screamfest calling your bandmates little pansies, no matter how fun that may be, keeping your band in a good mood will serve you well to inspire good tries and efforts. Remember, its a team event.
Its also important to note that to preserve as much energy as possible. Guitarists/Bassists, strum lightly and take it easy. Drummers, light taps and playing heel down works fine, you are going to want to save your foot energy for the latter songs. Vocalists, its alright to hum here and there, its not a contest, save your voice as much as possible.
Everyone should know how to play the easier songs on more than one instrument. Switch off instruments as much as possible, especially drums, until the songs get hard enough that you really need your best players on their proper instruments. This will spread around the fatigue.
Unless you really want bladder of steel, don't be afraid to pause the game. I'd say block out 10 hours or so, with occasional breaks, and a long break for food about 3/4 or the way in.
For the toughest songs, pause and discuss strategy. For example, a player may know that he will need energy at a certain point, so the others know to save up energy.
If you have a song that the best player on that instrument just can't do, then consider swapping instruments around so that the players are the ones on the other instruments that can get the most energy. Put the left over player on the impossibly hard instrument, and let him limp along with the other players feeding him energy to keep him alive, or save him when he fails. This is a last resort kind of thing, but it could save you from total disaster.
Drums are arguably the hardest instrument, so don't be afraid to ride your fills without activating if you have to. For example, to skip or minimize particularly hard parts, or to take a rest on those constant 8th hi-hats or constant kick songs. The other players should be able to pull the score up to something reasonable.
I personally don't find warming up necessary, especially since it starts with Eye of the Tiger which is a song many people know so should be rather easy. If people want to warm up with a song before ESL, I highly suggest only one song, and pick something that's easy. You want to save your voice for the real thing because it's over 6 hours of singing. Not even pro singers will sing that long in one day.
Also, hot tea works a heck of a lot better than water. But either way, you'll want to keep something there to drink the entire time and keep hydrated (yes, even if doing Bladder of Steel - run to the bathroom during long tambourine sections or something). Preferably it's something not carbonated (I've noticed that makes me sing worse in the long run). Your voice WILL be affected faster if you don't keep hydrated.
Alright, I think we are done here with the preparations and information, assuming the wall of text didn't kill you, lets get started on the ESL2! I will divide it like pvtGramps did, with the song list, number of songs, most difficult instrument and song, and advice if applicable.
ESL2 Section One: Warming Up
Number of Songs: 12
Most Difficult Song: L7 - "Pretend We're Dead"
Most Difficult Instrument: Drums
Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
Lit - "My Own Worst Enemy"
Social Distortion - "I Was Wrong"
Beastie Boys - "So Whatcha Want"
Beck - "E-Pro"
Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"
L7 - "Pretend We're Dead"
Bikini Kill - "Rebel Girl"
Panic at the Disco - "Nine in the Afternoon"
Modest Mouse - "Float On"
Nirvana - "Drain You"
Interpol - "PDA"
Nothing too difficult here at all. The reason why I chose Drums as the most difficult instrument here is because some songs can be a little tiring at first. Drain You has a steady bass pedal section, Pretend We're Dead has quite a few rolls that interchange pads. Guitar/Bass won't see much stress here, same goes for Vocals, except Pretend We're Dead has some songs that draw out phrases for awhile.
ESL2 Section Two: Hitting the Stage
Number of Songs: 12
Most Difficult Song: Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel the Pain"
Most Difficult Instrument: Drums
Alice in Chains - "Man in the Box"
Squeeze - "Cool for Cats"
Cheap Trick - "Hello There"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
Paramore - "That's What You Get"
Norman Greenbaum - "Spirit in the Sky"
The Go-Gos - "We Got the Beat"
The Donnas - "New Kid in School"
Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel the Pain"
Elvis Costello - "Pump It Up"
Linkin Park - "One Step Closer"
The Libyans - "Welcome to the Neighborhood"
Again, nothing here that is painfully difficult for anyone. For Guitar and Bass, I would say One Step Closer might provide some trouble with how the chords shift. Vocals, nothing too bad here, the biggest pain we had was Man in the Box. For drums, Feel the Pain, can be a pain with how the song changes pace and sends your arms swinging from red to green. Also the hardest band song would be Feel the Pain, again, because of the random pace changes. Your band should pass this just fine.