Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine & the San Diego Symphony just wrapped a collaboration called “Symphony Interrupted.” It did not go so well.
This was parody-level bad. Could this be real life?
Here we have a prime example of a collaboration that looks great on paper (metal + classical, two not-so-strange bedfellows) that just self-destructs in its execution. It’s easy to imagine a world where “Symphony Interrupted” would have been successful, and when success begets success there’s a tremendous upside for everybody involved.
Any number of things may have torpedoed this — lack of rehearsals, lack of coordination between the SDS and Mustaine’s camp, unease with the material, or a half-hearted commitment to doing this show.
What I do know is that audiences deserve better. When you’re charging them money to see a show they want a SHOW. This is what they got instead.