Now to catch up on concerts and brushes with greatness which in two cases will be combined!
First off…John Carpenter! Somara and I got to see him perform his music this June at the Moody Theater. It was a retrospective of all the soundtracks John has done for all his films except The Thing. However, he also has two full albums out containing original music which are awesome.
During the performances of his film scores, there were clips from the movies they were a part of. John has quite a list: Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, They Live, Prince of Darkness, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Christine and In the Mouth of Madness. The best was They Live which had the alien overlords subliminal messages at the beginning while John and the bad put on their special truth-showing sunglasses. His original tunes were played as well. They’re great live and I know I wasn’t bored, going, please, play one of your movie tracks instead.
Before the show, Somara and I got to meet him through our special tickets. Hence how I got my picture taken with him. John autographed me new vinyl edition of Escape from New York, my favorite movie he did. During my brief face time I let him know his movies scared the hell out of me as a kid. He said, alright!
If you can’t see Carpenter in concert, check out his two original albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II. He also contributes to a track to Jean-Michel Jarre’s electronica comeback compilation.