I heard a performer on stage correctly reply, "Be careful what you ask for." Because you might just get it.When someone yells "Freebird"
That said, we play it. Doubtful that any other band around here does. About 2 times a month we play it as the last song.
The response can be quite interesting. Sometimes people who've been with you thru the night get up and leave, but not soon enough for them. Others try to dance until they realize the time changed and they stand there realizing they can't go the distance. Younger people who've never seen it hang around unsure if they should be into it, but they want to see it all for the experience. Others video all that they can right on top of you. Some are going to rush the stage when you're done to congratulate you.