THE LEGENDARY JOHN CARPENTER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND TOUR JUST IN TIME FOR–YOU GUESSED IT– HALLOWEEN!!
Article by Adam Mast
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year and nothing screams “Halloween” like a great horror movie. And nothing screams “a great horror movie” like a movie made by legendary filmmaker, John Carpenter. My love and admiration for this amazing storyteller go back as far as I can remember. His films were synonymous with my youth.
As many fans are already well aware, Carpenter isn’t only known for his stunning, unforgettable movies, but he’s also known for composing the majority of his own scores; Scores that are every bit as effective as the films they have been designed to complement.
About a year and a half back, Carpenter took several of his most noteworthy compositions out on the road and played them live alongside tracks from his moody “Lost Themes” compilations. He only did a handful of dates and being the admirer I am, I decided to jump in the car with a few friends and drive over 400 miles to catch a Carpenter show at a great little venue in Phoenix, AZ.
Trust me when I tell you, that epic drive was well worth it! The show was outstanding! You can read about it by clicking HERE.
And playing live clearly appealed to Mr. Carpenter, too, because “the master of horror” is set to go back out on the road. He’s kicking off his latest tour in Las Vegas, NV on October 29th. That’s right! Just two days before Halloween! It should also be noted that he’s doing more dates this time around. Why tour now? It’s all in support of his latest Sacred Bones Records release, “Anthology,” an epic collection of re-recordings of tracks from Carpenter’s greatest scores. The stellar track-listing is as follows;
1. In the Mouth of Madness
2. Assault on Precinct 13
3. The Fog
4. Prince of Darkness
5. Santiago (Vampires)
6. Escape from New York
8. Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)
9. They Live
10. The Thing
12. Dark Star
As you’ll notice, this stellar collection includes Ennio Morricone’s brilliant, minimalist theme from THE THING and a selection from Jack Nitzsche’s wonderful (and sorely underappreciated) STARMAN score. The rest of the tracks were composed by Carpenter himself, and through the aid of a handful of outstanding backup musicians (including Carpenter’s son, Cody) they have been brought back to life. It should also be noted that Sacred Bones is offering both a Limited Edition and a Deluxe Limited Edition of “Anthology.” These special Editions contain extra goodies including tracks from “Village of the Damned” and “Body Bags.” If you’re interested in these, though, you better order quick because they’re extremely limited.
“Anthology” is a must have for any die hard Carpenter fan or movie score enthusiast. This outstanding disc drops on October 20th. You can pre-order it through Sacred Bones Records by clicking HERE!
As for the tour, if Carpenter happens to be playing in your neck of the woods, you owe it to yourself to go to one of these shows! You haven’t heard a Carpenter score until you’ve heard it live! Trust me! For a look at John Carpenter’s tour itinerary and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
*BONUS VIDEO FROM 2016
The Film Fanatics dish on X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and follow that up with a little bit of John Carpenter praise!