Who Wants to Abuse an Orchestra?

Jul 20th, 2007 // 11 Comments

200px-Original_We%27re_Only_in_It_for_the_Money_front_cover.jpgNoted Beatles coverers Cheap Trick will
play all of Sgt. Pepper with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and joining them will be Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, two other dudes, and “an Indian instrumental ensemble” for “Within You Without You.” Meanwhile, noted glasses-wearers The Decemberists are on a tour wherein they play with a different orchestra in every city, and earlier this week they played with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago, apparently not very well. (The countdown to Tribune critic Greg Kot getting flamed by Colin Meloy’s girlfriend starts now.) Coincidentally, on the same night Clay Aiken performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, apparently kinda well. So which one of these performances would you rather see (if forced)? And how long before the Claymates descend and tilt our poll in their hero’s direction?

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Cheap Trick to recreate the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album in historic concert [Yahoo! Music]
At Millennium Park, Decemberists and orchestra not a perfect match [Turn It Up]
Decent set with SSO thrills ‘Claymates’ [Syracuse Post-Standard]


  1. Ned Raggett

    The Sun Ra Arkestra. Which I have seen, but without Sun Ra, alas.

  2. xtianrut

    I’ll take Cheap Trick with or without orchestra anyday. However, I’d rather hear them do “Dream Police” than “I Am The Walrus.”

  3. Ned Raggett

    You got that right.

  4. Maura Johnston

    Apparently, the answer to our Clay Aiken question was “less than an hour.” Nice Google Blog Searching skills there!

  5. Jupiter8

    I was hoping Cheap Trick would play the Bee Gees’ version of “Sgt. Pepper”…

  6. Thierry

    @maura: You got that right – it’s Clay Aiken in a landslide! Have these people nothing better to do than troll around for any survey featuring their beloved Barry-Manilow-without-the-talent Idol? (let’s see how long it takes now for one of them to flame me ;)).

  7. FionaScrapple

    Cheap Trick is an American treasure!

  8. Weezy F Baby

    @Thierry: DIE COCKSUCKER!

  9. queensissy

    I blame Steve Gregoropoulos for this trend.

  10. Thierry

    @Weezy F Baby: Oh, I think they could do better than that! Also, “COCKSUCKER” would probably be misspelled.

  11. AcidReign

        Cheap Trick’s a very capable bunch, and if anyone can pull off Sgt. Pepper decently, it’s them. Still, I’m more intrigued by the idea of TSO doing it. I’m imagining the title track, right now, with those big, vibrato-ey metal guitars! Mmmmm. TSO’s got some great singers, too, with interesting, non-run-of-the-mill voices.

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