The Skorps song was great. I have always enjoyed watching/listening to my favorite metal groups play with a symphony. Had a chance to catch Styx with the Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra on TV one day. Those kids were all rocking out and made the concert even funner to watch.
The first band I heard with an orchestra was Metallica. I still play those songs and I imagine that the members of the orchestra loved plaing with them and enjoyed doing something a bit different.
Anyhoo, one band of mine is well known but, to me, did not get enough credit: Collective Soul. The second band was a band from New Orleans called Zebra. Their two most well-known songs got alot of airplay in 1984:
Who's Behind The Door: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe7iYcIwArw
Tell Me What You Want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAl1nrRq … re=related
I like rock, the heavier the better but I truly enjoy groups that have the sound that Zebra had.