Alien Weaponry reveal upcoming performances with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Posted by on March 11, 2021

Photo Credit: Piotr Kwasnik


Alien Weaponry have announced an exciting two night performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZSO. This will mark the first time the band has worked with an orchestra and the first time the symphony has worked with a metal band in their 75 year existence.

The shows, dubbed, “Stronger Together,”  will take place at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton (Kirikiriroa), New Zealand on May 22nd and at the Town Hall in Christchurch (Otautahi), NZ on May 29th.

Alien Weaponry vocalist/guitarist Lewis de Jong stated:

“I’ve always loved the idea of incorporating orchestral music with contemporary music, and when I heard that the NZSO wanted to collaborate with us I was really excited. I think there is going to be a very interesting mix of people who come to the show, mixing the metalheads with the classical music fans. One thing for sure, the mosh pits will be insane.”

Bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds adds:

“Being trained as a classical pianist when I was a child, I’ve always wanted to play in the true orchestra experience. And now to be able to be a part of something involving the talented team of the NZSO, I am super excited, and I’m so glad I get to join it with our passion for heavy metal too!”

NZSO Chief Executive Peter Biggs says audiences will be blown away:

“Classical and metal share much of the same DNA. Many of metal and hard rock’s biggest names, including Eddie Van Halen, loved and took inspiration from classical composers and performers. Metallica’s live album S&M with the San Francisco Symphony sold in the millions.

While we’ve collaborated with some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s best-known bands and artists, for us to finally play with a metal band of ALIEN WEAPONRY’s calibre will be one of the highlights of 2021.”

Grab your tickets to “Stronger Together” here!


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