Dave Mustaine Performs With San Diego Symphony, Footage Surfaces

Unfortunately, it sounds horrid.

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As Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine made his appearance with the San Diego Symphony last Saturday (April 12), video footage was quick to surface online.

Unfortunately, the quality of Dave's performance was very low to say the least. Whether it was due to technical issues or a bad playing day, fact remains that things did not go as planned here.

The "Symphony Interrupted" concert took place at the 2,200-capacity Copley Symphony Hall and featured Mustaine as the soloist, performing Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", as well as Bach's "Air."

"I sooo badly want to say thank you for being here at the first 'Symphony Interrupted,'" the frontman posted on Facebook. "To all the fans that were not able to attend, don't worry, there will be another 'Symphony Interrupted' and this being the first and all, we have already started to plan on how to make it even more enjoyable."

So far, the performance clips received mostly bashing from YouTube viewers, with one of the users claiming he was present at the concert giving the following explanation: "I was there, and it was pure static coming out of those speakers. We asked what was going on during and intermission, apparently the sound guy was getting tons of feedback and when he tried to fix it, he kept turning dave's signal on and off."

The user who uploaded the videos also had to admit that "it was terrible at times, but definitely cool to be there."

Make sure to check out the videos below. For concert rehearsal photos, head over to UT San Diego.

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    Yeah, let's let Chris Broderick go ahead and handle the next one...
    Upvoted for titties.
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    First time I heard about it, I assumed it would be Chris playing. The whole band, even. This looked bad.
    "The "Symphony Interrupted" concert toot place at the 2,200-capacity Copley Symphony Hall" TOOT
    Tootnado of Souls.
    A Toot Le Monde
    Symphony of Tootstruction
    Not only horrible but off key too!
    Sounds like someone snuck in between sound check and the show and randomly twisted Dave's tuning pegs...that was embarrassing!
    The tone was dreadful too. Turn down the volume and distortion a smidgeon. Absolutely no dynamic control. There have been many other guitarists to successfully blend solo electric guitar and orchestra, such as Malmsteen and Uli Jon Roth. I kind of feel bad for him. This would be humiliating.
    Since when did Dave Mustaine become Lil' Wayne?
    I don't know, but I'm sure the internet is to blame...somehow.
    THIS is exactly why I hate Megadeth purists who shit on Hammett when this is how Dave sounds nowadays.
    Key word: nowadays. At least Dave sounded good once, unlike Kirk.
    Metallica: 1989, Kirk sounded amazing. Sorry but saying Kirk is sloppy and has shit tone when this is how Dave sounds now is just hypocritical, over the last few years it seems like Dave has just given up improving his guitar playing and sound. His tone sounds like the stock setting on the Insane channel on a line 6 amp.
    I use the Insane channel on my Line 6 amp and it sounds great. Granted it's a Spider Valve head and not a solid-state amp, but with a bit of tweaking it sounds every bit as awesome as a head costing 3 times as much without having to shell out for pedals. Dave's tone is awful.
    I was going to say, that tone sounds exactly like my amp does on insane (which so happens to be a line 6) haha.
    Kirk was never any good, and his "signature" sound can be imitated by any idiot with a Wah pedal and two fingers. That said, I must admit that this sounds like doo doo.
    If I hadn't seen the video I'd swear Dave was scraping his nails on a chalkboard instead of playing guitar through a Marshall.
    don't post opinion pieces UG i don't care if you think it's horrid i want to judge for myself if i wanted an opinion i'd read a review of the concert not news
    Oh shut up you tart, horrid is an objective description of this trainwreck performance, with all due respect to Mr. Mustaine...