John Carpenter was always a man of dual worlds, mixing his love of cinema with his passion for music. He composed nearly every film he made, utilizing a synth style that has long since been emulated and honored by countless composers, bands, and artists.
These days, Carpenter has seemingly moved fully from directing to composing, releasing two albums, including the recent Lost Themes II (review), and now scheduling a live tour for later this year that will see him perform his music in countries around the world.
But while Carpenter may be looking towards the future, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his past. That’s why he’s decided to re-record four classic themes (Escape From New York, The Fog, Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13) with his band and release them as double A-side 12″ records.
“These 12″ releases include the themes to Halloween b/w Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 b/w The Fog, newly rerecorded by Carpenter and his Lost Themes bandmates. May it serve as a bridge between the Horror Master’s legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable present.
Each double A-sided 12′ will be available in deluxe limited edition mylar mirrorboard sleeves and as picture discs.”
To celebrate these upcoming releases, both of which come out June 17th, Carpenter has released a live video performance of the Escape From New York theme.
27 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
28 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
30 Denmark, Copenhagen – Koncerthuset – Koncertsalen
02 Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Sound
14 US, Seattle – Paramount
15 US, Portland – Arlene Schnitzer
17 US, Oakland – Fox Theatre
18 US, Los Angeles – Orpheum
19 US, Phoenix – Mesa Center for the Arts
21 US, Denver – Gothic Theatre
23 US, Austin – Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
24 US, Dallas – Majestic Theater
03 Iceland, Ásbrú ATP – Iceland
06 Switzerland, Neuchâtel – International Film Festival
08 US, New York – Playstation Theatre
09 US, Philadelphia – Keswick Theatre
10 US, Pittsburgh – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12 US, Washington DC – Lincoln Theatre
15 US, Detroit – The Masonic Temple
16 US, Chicago – Thalia Hall
18 US, Milwaukee – Pabst Theatre
26 Italy, Turin – Today’s Festival
28 Italy, Rome – Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall
23 UK, Bristol – Simple Things Festival
28 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
29 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
31 UK, London – Troxy