Bands That Use Orchestras

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
March 21, 2011 5:49pm CST
I can think of Metallica that have used an orchestra as there are similarities between the two..seriously!! What are your thoughts on this? Do orchestras add to the dynamics of a live gig or detract from it? Anyway, this is a much more sedate way of using an orchestra on a well-known track, an example of which is Simple Minds playing "Don't You..Forget About Me." Personally, I love it and it only works because Simple Minds have good musicians and an ace singer. Hope you like it too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhaHLoK3CF4
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Mar 11
There was always ELO. They were very orchestral!! I knew a couple of them.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
21 Mar 11
Are they still going? I bloody hope so, they're AWESOME! Mister Blue Sky is an amazing tune, I love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98P-gu_vMRc
@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Mar 11
I don't think that they have disbanded but come together as and when. Looking at that Simple Minds concert again - so many good looking young women in the audience! Do you think that they were "plants"?
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
22 Mar 11
ELO were a great Orchestra. Very Electric and Light too. Did you really know them? Wow!
• United States
30 Mar 11
it real depends on the band. tool and zeppelin translated very very well. kiss,tho i love them,really could have forgone it,IMO. i like the regular on that.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
30 Mar 11
I remember a Tool video from years ago. It was ace! Cult following right?
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• United States
20 Jul 11
pretty much,yes.maynard usually has at least 3 projects going at once too.
@chiwasaki (4661)
• Philippines
21 Sep 11
There are rock bands that use orchestra. I think the outcome is great and I love it. I remember Aerosmith using an orchestra on their famous song " I don't want to miss a thing". It is really great and fell in love with the song right away.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
21 Sep 11
Aaah, yes, Aerosmith. I've seen them..but not with an orchestra, unfortunately.
@edxcast (1169)
• Ecuador
25 Mar 11
I love metal that is combined with orchestras, also called symphonic metal. There are many great bands out there, in my own opinion the best ones i can think of are Nightwish, Within Temptation, Trans-siberian Orchestra, Sonata Artica (latest album). Magni Animi Viri is a great band as well, but they sing in italian, if you mind music in other languages. There are many more and if you can take some grunts every now and then (they┬┤re not for me), there are some great bands like epica, sirenia. In my opinion, orchestra makes the music more reach and profound. Perhaps more dense, if that expresion makes sense in english, but that is why one most listen with more care to this kind of music.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
25 Mar 11
How interesting, thanks for that.
• United States
23 Mar 11
I'm a huge fan of music as a whole and I have to say that I do enjoy bands that incorporate orchestral parts to their music. One of the first bands that came to mind was Apocalyptica (who actually does a lot of Metallica cover songs!). Apocalyptica is a cello rock band from Finland and they're absolutely amazing. I've actually had the good fortune to see them live and upclose once!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 11
I've never heard of them but I shall check them out sometime, thanks.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
22 Mar 11
I am not really a fan of bands using orchestras to enhance their songs as one off concerts or special albums or whatever. Metallica did a good job of it, but I prefer the original versions myself. My computer is playing up at the moment, so it will not load the video properly. I do like Simple Minds though. I always think of my school when I hear of their singer Jim Kerr as I had a teacher with the same name around the same time that they were big.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
22 Mar 11
It's a shame you can't load the video because Jim Kerr is ageing really well, Charlie the guitarist is the same. There's the Live Aid clip on YouTube as well from their stint in America. I have a video of that performance at Mum's along with a whole load of other stuff from that momentous day!
• United States
22 Mar 11
Truly exciting. Very mellow to say the least. I believe orchestras do add the dynamics. With so many genres today many live orchestras are not loosing their flavor but adding to it. Nice one Janey!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
22 Mar 11
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. Simple Minds have quite a "big" sound anyway and you're right, the orchestra does enhance it.