OR­CHES­TRAL MANOEUVRES

A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF ROCK AND CLAS­SI­CAL COLLIDINGS…

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DEEP PUR­PLE CON­CERTO FOR GROUP AND OR­CHES­TRA (1969)

A suit­ably bom­bas­tic birth for the symphonic-rock sub-genre, Septem­ber 24, 1969 saw Deep Pur­ple storm the Royal Al­bert Hall with con­duc­tor Mal­colm Arnold and the Royal Phil­har­monic in tow, barely over a year into their ex­is­tence. Com­posed by key­boardist Jon Lord, this oozes with the same clas­si­cal nous as Evanes­cence.

ME­TAL­LICA S&M (1999)

Where could Me­tal­lica go at the end of a decade as the big­gest metal band in the world in the ’90s? Easy: an or­ches­tral-metal blowout, done over two nights at the Berke­ley Com­mu­nity The­atre along­side the San Francisco Sym­phony and renowned con­duc­tor Michael Ka­men. Sadly, there isn’t a Lars bas­soon solo, but the ex­tra weight the or­ches­tra adds to the al­ready con­sid­er­able heft of Master Of Pup­pets and The Call Of Ktulu is stag­ger­ing.

KISS SYM­PHONY: ALIVE IV (2003)

Even KISS Army diehards couldn’t deny that the New York glam-rock­ers owe the bulk of their suc­cess to the spine-tin­gling Alive live al­bum se­ries. when it came to the fourth chap­ter, it was time to up their game to strato­spheric heights. So Syn­the­sis’ own David Camp­bell was drafted in to wran­gle the Mel­bourne Sym­phony Or­ches­tra around KISS’ great­est hits.

DREAM THE­ATER SCORE (2006)

To round-out the fi­nal night of their 20th An­niver­sary tour at New York’s Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall, Dream The­ater – no strangers to clas­si­cal pomp – needed to truly step things up. Cue the sec­ond-half in­tro­duc­tion of the ‘Oc­tavar­ium Or­ches­tra’ and con­duc­tor Jamshied Shar­ifi for an epic hourand-a-half of classy clas­si­cal metal.

BRING ME THE HORI­ZON LIVE AT THE ROYAL AL­BERT HALL (2016)

if That’s The Spirit proved the crown­ing achieve­ment that drove BMTH over into arena-strad­dling dom­i­nance, this ap­pear­ance for the Teenage Can­cer Trust – along­side the Par­al­lax Or­ches­tra con­ducted by Si­mon Dob­son and a full choir – was surely the cherry on top.

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