A BRIEF HISTORY OF ROCK AND CLASSICAL COLLIDINGS…
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.