Would be nice if we could state when solos are played without being counted as a song.
That's a brilliant idea
Consider Metallica, as an example.
Kirk Hammet usually has 1 or 2 "solos" which have titles (if you look at their official site's set lists) and a Robert Trujillo bass solo, that also has a title.
I agree that solos should not be listed as separate tracks. I've found that most instrumental pieces have titles. I am not familiar with the "like Queen did" sets but I would expect at rock shows with any kind of lead guitar player that there would be lots of solos.
What about bands who jam? Is a 20 minute Down by the River from Crazy Horse a Neil Young guitar solo or a band jamming. (or both?)
What about cases where more then one soloist is featured in any given number; say at a jazz show where several guys in Big Band might stand to solo in one number.
Adminmsparer (Admin, setlist.fm) commented
We've been thinking a lot about this recently, and now it's time to come up with a solution. We thought adding a new tag for solos isn't the way to go. If a solo is part of a show and is performed as a song on its own (like e.g. Queen did) it deserves to be part of the statistics and thus can be added as song.
However, if it's just an extended solo during a song, an @Info[with extended guitar solo] should do the job. So the point is: we should update the guidelines to create a definite ... well guideline ... for solos.
[name] [instrument] solo (e.g. "Brian May guitar solo") would work. But there are certain special cases. What if 2 people perform a solo? What if there are alternating solos where each member of the band plays a solo? What if ... ?
please let us know what you think about it
Yes! I too am tired of seeing "guitar solo" listed as a song.