I understand if the notion of a tour featuring a 69-year-old band leader performing instrumental songs doesn’t exactly sound like a rocking good time, but the show director, screenwriter, and composer John Carpenter is bringing to the Aragon Ballroom tomorrow, November 9, is no typical experience.
Carpenter is primarily known for his work in film, creating such classics as Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, Escape from New York, The Thing, Christine, Starman, and Big Trouble in Little China. But what most people probably don’t know is produces the scores for many of his films, creating soundtracks with a distinctive style that blends electronic sounds with a heavy beat, often punctuated by blasts of guitar.
At the time most of his soundtracks were released, they were viewed as genuinely weird, but as with many things people don’t quite understand at first, much of that work is now considered visionary—particularly in it’s blending of synthesized noise.
Carpenter recently released a greatest hits of sorts, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. Carpenter went back into the studio to re-record many of the more immediately recognizable pieces from his films, including a cover of Ennio Morricone’s “The Thing.”
To celebrate the album’s release Carpenter is in the midst of a rare, brief tour, backed by his son Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies. I’m expecting a show that will turn his themes into roaring monsters that threaten to melt the paint off the ceiling of the Aragon, and rearrange it into a new mosaic filled with terror and dread. It will be a rocking good time.