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...
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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!
    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.
    Sounds like someone snuck in between sound check and the show and randomly twisted Dave's tuning pegs...that was embarrassing!
    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.
    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.
    I was going to say, that tone sounds exactly like my amp does on insane (which so happens to be a line 6) haha.
    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...
    brutal. His tone and volume in relation to the orchestra are waaaay off. On top of that, his playing is just sub par.
    My Last Words
    This is painful to watch. He has 30 years of playing under his belt yet he fails to properly execute some simple runs that one can easily do after 4 years of playing. Honestly, Lars ulrich can play drums better than this.
    I've always thought Dave Mustaine is a shitty guitarist.
    then you're an idiot and a troll
    its his opinion which is actually very perfectly valid so i dont think thats being a troll.
    Ohhh really so songs like lucretia and holy ward werent good
    no, in my opinion they weren't. This is a thing called an opinion, its something you have the right to express.. preferably without shit ass spelling too.
    This was painful to watch. Reminds me of those Yngwie parody videos that Adam01 did on YouTube.
    I was convinced that it was something like that being it sounds so unreasonably bad -- but the sound syncs up to Dave's movement too well to be fake. The horror...
    Fuck, it sounds like someone re-recorded Dave's guitar to make fun of him. I mean when I tried to play Vivaldi by ear without practicing I sounded the same if not better.
    I'm sorry, but after seeing laiho and roope do an interpretation of summer, this just sucks. Maybe it's a voice over, bad technician, but the sound in the videos is just not worthy for what Mustaine can do.
    This was really a bad pairing. I mean c'mon, Mustaine is a great "thrash" metal guitarist who comes up with cool sounding riffs, but that doesn't require you to be a studied, conventionally good player who understands theory and has a lot of technique. This would've been way more suited to someone like Broderick or some other guitarist who actually understands music in the traditional sense -- not just off the cuff soloing like Mustaine does (which sounds great in a thrash song, but not so good with an orchestra).
    He always says that he don't need to practice, even before shows, some his solos live are horrible ( Hangar 18). He obviously need to keep practicing before and between shows. He's like the Lars Ulrich of Megadeth.
    He's right up near the amp - I know it sounded crap, but did that exacerbate it?
    I actually pulled a face when he first came in...Even after reading the comments I didn't expect it to be THAT bad.
    Honestly, I think the biggest glaring flaw with this whole thing is that there is no synergy between Dave and the symphony. His presence is depressingly superfluous. There is absolutely no chemistry or cohesion in the performance--his guitar sounds like it's setup to play Holy Wars, not classical pieces... it reminds me of someone who, as a hobby, decides to sit down and learn some classical tunes on guitar and play on top of them for YouTube. It's possible to combine hard rock sounds with symphony stuff, but this isn't how to do it. I'm honestly kind of shocked at how phoned-in, sloppy and under-prepared this was.
    i feel sorry for the orchestra. They're world class musicians but the only exposure they'll get to this audience is to play with some embarrassingly bad metalhead. I bet they were all laughing their asses off afterwards when he left.
    Lol, the crowd loved it??? Wasnt great the sound quality was bad and he royally f***** the summer movement but everything im reading from anyone that was there was he didnt play great but it was still so cool to see, broderick shouldve been doing this hes a heavily skilled rhythm player not a guy that can nail this stuff
    This is by no means due to technical problems, this is straight up awful technique, and to think Mustaine was in the news the other day because he claimed he was one of the, "three best guitarists in the world". (Although I think he meant rhythm to be fair).
    I don't think it's a coincidence that Mustaine's best solos are either face-shredding blues licks played really fast, or cool but obviously worked out runs, like the last solo in Wake Up Dead. It's not a matter of instrumental skill he has/had, it's a matter of knowing what he wants to play and being to work out it out in advance, which he obviously does.
    I wonder if the people at Dean who built his guitar are beating themselves up over all the time they wasted and money they wasted making this awesome guitar.
    I was there, the audio is about right. The sound levels between Dave and the symphony were off, the settings on his amp were screwy and it wasn't his best performance, by far. But it was a pretty awesome experience.
    Dave needs someone with the balls to say "no" to him. This could never have been a good idea.
    what the actual **** did I just listen to. It sounds like one of those "shred" videos except this was for real.
    I'm just waiting for him to go out and say that he is the first to have done this, blah blah blah..
    Tomorrow's headline: "Mustaine says Obama is the reason for his awful performance with symphony."
    ugly performance i must say, cringeworthy at its perfection. and i'm gonna throw up.
    HHHHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAAHAHAHHAHAHA that hurt to watch why dave why would you even
    the band megadeth is known for the quality of their guitar playing...unfortunately dave has done some serious damage to his reputation as a guitar player through these performances...i wonder if there are going to be consequences...but i do support him for having the balls to attempt to play with a symphony as most metal guitarists would not have dared to come out of their comfort zones...
    I was expecting some classical takes on some Megadeth songs. Why would I pay to see Mustaine play if he wasn't playing his music?
    You're retarded. When UG announced that "Megadeth" would be doing this, they said what songs they'd be playing. No Megadeth songs. They didn't say, however, that Megadeth wouldn't be playing...
    i'm calling bullshit on this. i mean come on, guys. even if mustaine played the whole thing poorly, theres no way in hell he goes on stage sounding THIS bad.