MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was a featured soloist last night (Saturday, April 12) with the San Diego Symphony. The classical special concert, billed as “Symphony Interrupted”, took place at the 2,200-capacity Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, California. The event saw Mustaine perform Richard Wagner’s “Ride Of The Valkyries” with the orchestra, as well as solos of Vivaldi’s concertos from “The Four Seasons”, plus Bach’s classic “Air”.
The first fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
In a Facebook posting earlier today, Mustaine wrote: “I sooo badly want to say thank you for being here at the first ‘Symphony Interrupted’.
“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.
“Thanks to all the San Diego Symphony people, especially Ken-David Masur and Tommy Phillips, to the press and promotion, my endorsers; Dean Guitars for the StradiVMNT and Marshall Amplification for the JVM 410 and Dave Mustaine DMB 1960 2 x 12” cabinet. I also want to thank my management, my staff, and Mrs. Anne Campbell and Dave Campbell for making this happen.
“I will be leaving soon for Latin America after we play Las Vegas and Tucson, but before I do, I have to let you know how deeply I am impressed by your continued love and support.
“Last night was an experiment; a challenge that I was up for, and continuing to improve myself for this show has already made me write ideas that are more twisting and turning, than the straight-ahead songs like ‘Skin O’ My Teeth’ or ‘A Tout Le Monde’.
“We did not record the show because we knew I was going to be still getting used to this whole thing, that I would have a little getting used to this new environment, as well as following Ken-David do to me, what appears to be playing air drums. I was ‘a fish out of water,’ but we learn so much from ‘doing’ the songs that it is just a short matter of time until we start ‘being’ the songs.
“I want everyone to hear this venture with everything just right.
“Having spent 34 years touring and playing ‘live’ makes it pretty easy to go out and do what you have always done.
“For the next ‘Symphony Interrupted’, as Frank Sinatra said, ‘The best is yet to come!'”
“There’s such a difference in the [classical music and metal] societies,” Mustaine told The Daily Aztec one week before the event. “That’s the thing that I’m looking forward to, seeing how these two worlds are going to collide.”
He continued: “In my mind, I’m getting ready to go walk out to the stage, come in with a little tuxedo on, I’m going to get down there and they’re going to go, ‘Fuck yeah, Dave!’ and all the classical guys are going to go, ‘Oh my God, he said the F-word!'”
Mustaine also talked about the influence classical music has had on MEGADETH since the band’s inception three decades ago.
“On the very first song on our very first record, I actually played piano,” he said. “Funny thing was, it was a very, very, hacked up version of Beethoven’s ‘Fugue In D Minor’ and going back and listening to the actual performanc