Dave Mustaine Set to Perform With the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Megadeth frontman announced as a feature soloist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra during the next year.

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Megadeth frontman and one of the most iconic axemen in metal, Dave Mustaine, will appear as a special guest soloist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra during April 2014. The "Symphony Of Destruction" singer will demonstrate his guitar shredding skills in several classical compositions including Wagner's "Ride Of The Valkyries," Vivaldi's "Winter" from "The Four Seasons" and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (the "New World" symphony).

"Dave Mustaine will be a featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony in April, 2014, in a program that will include Wagner's 'Ride Of The Valkyries' from 'Die Walkre', Vivaldi's 'Winter' from 'The Four Seasons' and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (the 'New World' Symphony). Executive director Edward 'Ward' Gill said it's all about reaching new audiences, while music director Jahja Ling said he had a good meeting with Mustaine, and he may conduct the concert himself (no conductor is listed at this point, and Mustaine's exact involvement is still being worked out)," the band stated in an announcement via official website.

It seems that almost 15 years after Metallica's "S&M" stint, Mustaine will also get involved in the world of classical music, but with actual classical compositions rather that adaptations of the group's songs. How he'll cope with the works of true musical greats yet remains to be seen.

As far as his work with Megadeth goes, the band has recently announced the end of the recording process for the new album "Super Collider." Scheduled for a June release via Mustaine's new Universal-powered label Tradecraft, the album was recorded in Vic's Garage studio in California with Johnny K (Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head, Staind) in charge of the production duties. The frontman has recently praised the producer in a Twitter post by saying "Man, Johnny K. is mixing gooooood!"

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    emeryd1
    Would be pretty interesting if Megadeth did an "S&M" stint too. I imagine the strings would be insane on Hangar 18, but still Yngwie Mustaine? Sounds good to me.
    benjixoath
    i'd be really up for hearing tornado of souls and holy wars with some epic strings and horns playing that into riff to holy wars
    Squazzy
    That wouldn't be a Mus-take at all. It'd be nice to see Megadeth doing an S&M-style record.
    HarrySound
    lol Personally i'll just settle for something even half the quality of anything they did in the 90s. They just never do anything good these days.
    Mustaine1940
    megadeth has done a ton of respectable crap in this decade, no its not rust in peace r countdown, but what 30 year ol band can say theyre making music as good as in their golden years, megadeths far better off musically wise then metallica anthrax or slayer or alot of other bands from the 80s, instrumentally wise anyways
    jordo246
    Worship Music was just as good as anything Megadeth did in the last decade
    oxymoronicman
    Hate Countdown. Love Endgame. Second favorite record by Megadeth is Endgame, actually :/
    scrymusic
    I think Mary Jane and in my darkest hour would be awesome with an orchestra backing
    UncleBluck
    Megadeath blows. they have never done anything respectable....
    guitarguydm123
    I actually posted about this in the forums once, i think it would be awesome but it got a lot of negative thoughts
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    good mourning/black friday would sound sick, oh wait dave won't play it.
    emeryd1
    One of my faves. Shame he won't play some songs now that he's a born again Christian, missing out on Bad Omen, The Conjuring or anything from Killing is my Business...
    ThrashRaptor
    I hate to say that Dave probably isn't cut out to work with this type of outfit. His live performances at times have reeked of sloppy playing. It works in the context of thrash, but in classical compositions, where the skill and precision of the performers is key, he may not be able to pull it off squarely. That said, I hope he proves me wrong. I would love to see him give his all on some slower, more thoughtful pieces. He does, after all, have a good ear for music, even if is hands can't keep perfect pace.
    bassplayer0895
    Well, he's gotten a long way since the surgery on his hand. If he can pull this off, I will gain more respect for him, and that is because I already respect him as a creative innovator of Thrash in the terms of musicallity in metal
    metallimaiden90
    Coincidentally(?), Marty Friedman's done something similar with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
    gquady09
    "How he'll cope with the work of true musical greats yet remains to be seen". Sounds like the author is already doubting the performance.
    Badass UltraMan
    I love Megadeth but I can see why people have their doubts. I believe Dave is a killer rhythm guitarist but I find his lead playing absolutely horrible. I never did understand why he got so much credit as a lead guitarist, maybe people mis-crediting him for co-guitarist solos? Anyway, if he pulls this off then more power to him but I will have to hear it to be convinced
    My Last Words
    I have to admit that Dave is kinda sloppy here and there (He even said it himself in an interview a few years ago), but that's what makes his solo's unique.
    Damaged Roses
    He's awesome, but the's technique isn't as polished as other lead guitarists Megadeth has had, like the guitar beast Broderick, so sometimes his solos get a bit repetitive and the notes aren't that clear most of the times. I love the guy anyway lol
    Badass UltraMan
    So can you guys who down voted me genuinely listen to the intro of Sudden Death and not think "How the **** did this make it on to a studio album?"
    SOAD_SoG
    He has some good solos...but only sometimes...the best example I could think that would work with a symphony...would be the "Reckoning Day" Solo.
    Mustaine1940
    holy wars, lucretia, wake up dead, the guys not broderick or friedman but look at his work as lead guitarist of metallica,hes obviously a better rhythm guitar player but he can shred
    h2owiththepower
    I love Mustaine, but classical stuff? I'm not sure he's got the chops to pull it off. Maybe he's planning on having Broderick tutor him.
    derpdragon
    Do you forget Mechanix? Dave played that intro to Last Rights on his guitar live all the time instead of the piano you hear on the album. Although it was a long time ago, I'd like to think hes only got a lot better and can still adapt just fine. Any good musician can play a lot more types of music than just what they specialize in.
    callumbloodpuke
    I'm sure I remember Dave saying how stupid an idea it was when Metallica collaborated with San Francisco Symphony. I think he even said "It's like wanking off to yourself". Though it may have been someone else who said that.
    KISSmyass666
    Should be interesting, him playing leads over orchestra rhythms (instead of the orchestra playing megadeth riffs, imo personally sounds strange to me.)