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Awesome Cover Bands: Ray Davies Duet Album

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The Kinks’ lead man, Ray Davies, has reemerged from the shadows with a new duets album that revisits a lot of the old material that made his name synonymous with rock and roll. The new album, titled See My Friends, features a wide range of artists, from Metallica, to Bruce Springsteen, doing the duet treatment to his greatest hits.

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Amazing Cover Bands: David Garett Performs Metallica's "Master of Puppets"

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Check out this video interview and performance with violinist David Garrett that Rolling Stone recently posted. He discusses his methods for transforming songs like Metallica's "Master of Puppets" into a string rendition:
"Of course you kind of try to stay true to the core of the essence of the original but try to go as far as possible away, especially when you have an instrument that is not typically for rock and roll music."
Garrett goes on to prove that while the violin may not make an appearance at most Metallica concerts, the instrument can still rock just as hard.
"I always considered the violin quite close to the guitar."
His new album Rock Symphonies features covers of songs like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Guns n’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Recommended Listening:

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Rock Goes Orchestral: Our Favorite Bands Performed With An Orchestra

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In recent years a lot of great bands have done the orchestral thing and decided to play some shows backed by a symphony orchestra. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s a bit ridiculous. But when did all this start? The first rock concerts backed by an orchestra are recorded as happening when Deep Purple did some shows in 1969 supporting their third album, Concerto for Group and Orchestra. There’s a video of them doing it again years later below in commemoration, though with a different score, as the original had been lost. Since then, bands like Metallica and Portishead have done orchestral live albums. Even Aerosmith got into the act by doing an MTV Music Awards performance in a symphonic style. Recently, a lot of indie bands have been jumping on the bandwagon and performing with orchestras. The Brooklyn Art Museum (BAM) started a concert series a couple years ago with local bands such as Grizzly Bear doing symphonic shows. This lead to a lot of indie bands putting together such shows, like the Decemberists booking a whole tour with a backing orchestra. Often times, bands will do one-stop shows with an orchestra. Joanna Newsom did some shows with an orchestra on a couple stops off her 2008. Final Fantasy’s Owen Pallet did similar shows on his most recent tour. It seems as if musicians aren’t afraid to be artists anymore, meaning a symphony can now be heard while drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Here are some videos of recent instances. Decemberists Final Fantasy (Owen Pallet) Grizzly Bear My Morning Jacket Joanna Newsom Radiohead Portishead Metallica Aerosmith Deep Purple and Ronnie James Dio (RIP) An old Pink Floyd video of a one time performance (1/3)

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Vitamin String Quartet Salutes Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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1. Atlantic City (originally performed by Bruce Springsteen) 2. Imagine (originally performed by John Lennon) 3. Back in Black (originally performed by AC/DC) 4. Dazed and Confused (originally performed by Led Zeppelin) 5. Heart Of Gold (originally performed by Neil Young) 6. Iron Man (originally performed by Black Sabbath) 7. The Unforgiven (originally performed by Metallica) 8. Maggie May (originally performed by Rod Stewart) 9. Changes (originally performed by David Bowie) 10. God Only Knows (originally performed by The Beach Boys) 11. Hurts So Good (originally performed by John Mellencamp) 12. Bohemian Rhapsody (originally performed by Queen)

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