Danny Elfman to Perform at Hollywood Bowl on Halloween Weekend After Coachella Victory
Danny Elfman, who performed his first rock concert in decades at Coachella in April, has been tight-lipped about some of the questions fans have been asking about his future life plans, such as Will he tours with that show, or at the very least, repeat it in some way? This year’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” performance in Los Angeles?
Elfman’s announcement on Monday that he will perform two shows at the Hollywood Bowl this fall, on Halloween weekend, when “Nightmare” gigs are typically held, provided answers to both of those questions.
The fact that the concerts will be held on October 28 and 29 is probably a win for everyone because it ensures that the singer-songwriter-film composer will include some songs from the 1993 stop-motion classic in his list.
If Jack Skellington saw Elfman perform at Coachella (as shown above), he is almost certainly a lock to perform at the Super Bowl.
Ticketmaster will begin selling tickets at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday. A presale for American Express cardholders begins on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and ends on Thursday at 10 p.m.
The first of these references is to Danny Elfman’s band Oingo Boingo, known for its annual Halloween performances at the Universal Amphitheatre in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The final one is for his 2021 double-album “Big Mess,” Elfman’s first rock record since the dissolution of Boingo in the 1990s.
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The transition from Boingo to “The official subtitle for Elfman’s upcoming Bowl performances is “From Batman to Big Mess and Beyond.”
The mention of “Batman” hints at how his almost entirely 21st-century focus on film scoring will be incorporated into the shows.
The concerts will also feature music from “Batman” and “Nightmare,” as well as songs from “Alice in Wonderland,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “The Simpsons,” according to a press release.
With a press release stating that he’ll be using the same band, orchestra, and choir he used at Coachella in April, the performances are likely to be similar to Elfman’s hybrid concerts over successive weekends at successive Coachella. The Bowl and Live Nation-Hewitt Silva organize the two shows.
Variety asked him in a May interview about his “Doctor Strange” score if he intended to continue hosting “Nightmare Before Christmas” concerts (for Halloween 2021, he presided over two such shows at L.A.’s Banc of California Stadium instead of the Bowl) “I did reach the point where I thought, ‘You know what?
It’s entertaining. I’m not tired of it because it only happens a few times a year. After a while in a band, I get tired of something and am constantly looking for an escape route, asking myself, “Where’s my escape door here?” However, I can see myself doing it a few more times. So, I don’t think it’s done yet.