Well I am on the train home from Edinburgh, after my first, of several, John Carpenter gigs. So now is probably a good time to set down my thoughts.
I have to say my main emotion is just one of joy, joy that I got to see John and his band onstage, performing music that has been part of my life for over 30 years.
There are so many things, because of your age, your location, you could never experience..
I never saw The Goons or ISIRTA recording their shows, never saw Janis Joplin at the Fillmore east, saw the Beatles perform on a rooftop in Saville Row.
There are many things we wish had experienced, places we had been. We can hear recordings, but we weren’t there.
Experiences are what stay with us, even if the detail fades, we were there, and the feeling of those moments remains within touching distance.
Over the years I have been to an awful lot of gigs, and this one was more like seeing Kraftwerk in Paris in 1999. It meant a great deal, this was music that has stayed with me throughout my life.
I have had an iPod since they came out (which is about 15 years ago) and I have a playlist called ‘faves’. Over the years tracks have been removed and added. I often fall asleep to it at night and it is the first thing I hear in my studio in the morning.
Throughout that time John Carpenter’s music has been a mainstay, in fact some of it has been on there since the beginning.
So what about the gig I hear you cry?
It was jaw droppingly good. Tbh John could have wandered in and pressed go on his macbook and I would been delighted, what the hell, it’s John Carpenter live!
But this gig was just so much more. I had deliberately avoided YouTube clips etc, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
What I got was a band capable of dominating the room, it was extraordinary.
John’s film scores were taken somewhere new, but still familiar. I already have all of his music, I don’t want to hear a reproduction of a CD, I want the music performed.
Believe me it was. His scores have never sounded bigger or more powerful, and the Lost Themes music is just fantastic live, very, very strong.
John was front and centre, but the whole band, and in particular Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, are just terrific. Tight, and capable of turning it on.
Highlights? Crikey, it was all great, loved the AV coming in at the beginning of EFNY, but probably the Fog, love the film and the score sounded just amazing. Also, the Lost Themes music really went up a notch and let Daniel Davies loose.
Surprises? Mouth of Madness, fuck that sounded amazingly good, IMHO a lot better that the soundtrack version, the melody seemed so much stronger!
Regrets? Yes, why the fuck has it taken him this long??? This should have happened a long time ago. Let’s hope John, Cody and Daniel can give us Lost Themes III and another tour next year.
Sorry to end on a cheesy note, but they really did ‘shake the pillars of heaven.’