Agree- it worked once, but unless he's gonna use live brass - not the choice I'd make.
My top candidates for an opener:
Still liked that Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet opening
Junior's Farm would bring down the house
The Night Before would be an interesting choice - solid rocker to start the evening
Hi, Hi, Hi would also be a good one to trot out again w/this band
Everyone's talkin' 'bout the President
We all chip in for a bag of cement