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 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

I am so looking forward to this ... Im off to the Leeds one in around 20 hours I cant wait !!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

And, of course Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington, who stole the show (which was his own anyway).

Although Helena Bonham Carter performing "Sally's Song" came close. (And yes, I did just put a spoiler space for a concert because I don't want to ruin it for anyone going to the other dates.)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

And the nice thing is I get to go again tonight! Two in a row seems great now, because I got into less familiar (to me) stuff, and will enjoy all the more both that and elements that were re-organised for the event, although I loved the new intro, plus things I won't go into for fear of spoiling it for anyone.

Among the high points for me were the Mars Attacks! theme, an incredible rythm with great live theremin control!; and the Batman segment. Very pleasantly surprised to see ALL my favourite pieces included here, the organ kicking in seemed to shake the ground! And of course The Nightmare Before Christmas and those great vocal performances. Can't wait to see it all over again.

I reckon, that after seeing it a second time (first time I've ever done this for a live performance of any kind, turning) I'll remember the RAH one for the personal bits. A great get-together with some top folks, and that 'welcome' from Richard Kraft that really was the icing on the cake. I can't remember the last time I spent an afternoon/evening with so many people I never met before, and enjoyed it so much! Cheers guys.

A fantastic event all-round. Incredible music and a stellar social event. I barely noticed the overnight journey home. Too busy buzzing from it all.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   DannyBiker   (Member)

Incredible night indeed.

Here's my attempt to a setlist : http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/danny-elfman/2013/royal-albert-hall-london-england-1bc7c11c.html

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

What a great night and performance that was!
Just got back home from my Liverpool>London>Vienna>London>Liverpool trip-a-thon and Elfman really ended it with a bang!
Loved the Big Fish suite (which I would say is now probably my favourite Elfman/Burton collab), just wished it could have been longer and included the full 10 minute finale piece.
Also wished Charlie could have featured more (maybe the End Title suite which includes the songs), but then I wish the concert could have gone on til 3 AM !!! smile
What an amazing sight to see the 60 year old Mr E prancing around the stage as Oogie Boogie and still owning a fine set of lungs!
After the (slight) disappointment of not seeing Horner pick up a stick (D Newman at least sugared that pill), this more than made up for things.
Roll on December and some birthday celebrations for Patrick Doyle at the Barbican. I canna wait! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I only got the chance to very briefly meet Thor, James Southall and Tim Burdon in Vienna, at half-time in the concert!!
We did wait around in the foyer for a bit after the Horner gig, but I think a lot of people were trying to meet the composers and such (that's not really my thang) and we were gasping for a pint, so we headed off to Pointers and drank into the early hours near our hotels.
I didn't see anyone new at the Elfman show, as I already had lots of mates to catch-up with that I already knew! These get-togethers can be exhausting! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   Rich McGann   (Member)

What a simply wonderful evening smile After the disappointment of my other half not accompanying me due to a convenient illness (yeah right!) - I was hoping to convert her - I had an awesome time.

High points for me were Batman/Batman Returns which were sublimely powerful, delicate and beautiful. Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice delivered the goods - though I found Planet of the Apes and Charlie a little short. EddiSciz was its usual enchanting self - impossible to find fault with that one!! I'd never heard Big Fish before and was completely blown away by it - it really took me somewhere!!

And what a finale ... seeing them close up was pretty special. I was sat in the front stalls close to the RHS of the stage. The vocals were a little thin/reedy from my vantage point but the orchestra sounded amazing. After attending the John Barry evening a few days before - it's been a cool week!

wink smile

Did anyone catch any decent footage of the any part of the show??

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   Rich McGann   (Member)

I only got the chance to very briefly meet Thor, James Southall and Tim Burdon in Vienna, at half-time in the concert!!
We did wait around in the foyer for a bit after the Horner gig, but I think a lot of people were trying to meet the composers and such (that's not really my thang) and we were gasping for a pint, so we headed off to Pointers and drank into the early hours near our hotels.
I didn't see anyone new at the Elfman show, as I already had lots of mates to catch-up with that I already knew! These get-togethers can be exhausting! wink


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Kept a brief eye out for you, Kev - but there were many!! Ace night ... see above.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Aye Rich, I was on the lookout for ya too, but didn't catch a glimpse (not sure you still have long hair?). Sounds like you weren't too far from us either, we were dead central about 6 or 7 rows from the front. I got some cool vids on my Samsung of Elfman singing What's This?, the Alice intro and all the back-slapping smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Hey guys!

I just returned to Norway. My head is still spinning from all the wonderful experiences -- both in Vienna and London. I'm going to share it in an orderly fashion (both pictures and stories), but I haven't quite landed mentally yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

Just back from the Leeds concert , Orchestra , conductor and elfman were incredible. Also had a theremin soloist Lydia Kavana she was amazing , its still all sinking in . A night never to forget.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

And, of course Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington, who stole the show (which was his own anyway).

Although Helena Bonham Carter performing "Sally's Song" came close. (And yes, I did just put a spoiler space for a concert because I don't want to ruin it for anyone going to the other dates.)


I wouldn't worry, old boy, because Helena Bonham bleedin' Carter didn't venture north tonight Luckily, I won the prize draw to have Winona Ryder sat on my knee all night. Mrs TG wasn't so impressed.

Still, a wonderful concert and even my Arctic Monkeys-loving daughter forgot herself and really enjoyed it! Particular favourites were the Batman medley, Mars Attacks! and Planet of the Apes, which I could listen to all night as long as I don't have to watch the film as well.

Elfman was stupendously good, of course, and it was magical watching him and the film in the "What's This" part - and as my favourite song from NBC is "The Oogie Boogie Man" I was very happy.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   ddddeeee   (Member)

I was also at the Leeds one. Can't really add anything, it's all been said, an incredible night. The Big Fish/Edward Scissorhands suites destroyed me.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Pics from the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151916416816278.1073741831.530696277&type=1&l=3b03991f26

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 4:15 AM   
 By:   DannyBiker   (Member)

Thanks Thor. I'm totally stealing that Elfman/Mauceri/Burton/Bonham Carter photo.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Doh! I knew I'd be jealous as hell missing finishing off in the pub after the show, it's my natural habitat!, and as it happened I probably had a half hour to spare. Great pictures though Thor. But looking above the guys on the front right, I didn't realise how close the Ack!- Ack! Martians were to brain washing us!

I was also at the Leeds one last night, with my daughter Jamie (at last), so I didn't get the chance to chat with other fans this time, though we did manage another quick word with Richard Kraft (and his son, and I believe the lady said she was Richard's PA). I DID half jokingly say at the Spaghetti House on Monday (not really knowing of course if there'd be time etc.) "see you at tomorrow night in Leeds", so it was nice that I did. My Tim Burton fan daughter has been walking on air ever since he asked her if she could suggest any way in which the concerts could be improved! We both couldn't for the life of us think how of course.

I thought the sound was quite a bit better at the Leeds one, probably helped by a) my having a much better seat, and b) having the very latest sound system. I think Richard did say the place had only been operating a couple of days. The second half of the Batman suite (Returns) felt more clearly defined somehow. This and Mars Attacks! were my absolute favourites. I just love hearing that theremin! And that rythm. So infectious I can't get the damn thing out of my mind! And the choice from Batman really is the best. I couldn't believe how much there was, but no there isn't too much. Infact I'd quite happily sit through much more.

Of course my daughter was also jealous as hell this week, having seen that out of these two firsts dates at least, Tim and Helena weren't present. Still, that'll teach her to drop out of Monday!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   crocodile   (Member)

Glad you enjoyed your second night in a row, Paul. I was thinking of going again tomorrow night in Birmingham, but it proved to be impossible.

Karol

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Absolutely Karol. Richard's son joked "so, see you in Edinburgh then?" having done two in a row. On giving a certain face the lady I mentioned also joked "not quite that big a fan then?", to which of course I could only, against my Elfmanfan nature, reply a very feeble "er, no".

But you know what? I only wish I could. Starting to feel like part of the tour!

Wierd. Doctor Who Proms aside, I'll be interested to see what the next film music event I attend will be. I'd certainly make another Elfman one. I'd like to bring the wife along. She loves the Doctor Who events, and I know she'd enjoy these. It would have to be a Friday or Saturday for her (or an official holiday). School teacher. End of!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

... It would have to be a Friday or Saturday for her (or an official holiday). School teacher. End of!

And local if Friday ... ! I know exactly this problem and would have loved to have attended the John Barry/RPO concert last week (Thu - Portsmouth or Fri - London) but it wasn't to be.

I could go to the B'ham Danny Elfman concert (tomorrow, I think) and tickets were advertised at 2/3 off but I'm not that much of a fan. That said, I've enjoyed reading these reports/reviews and am very pleased you've all had a great time.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

... It would have to be a Friday or Saturday for her (or an official holiday). School teacher. End of!

And local if Friday ... ! I know exactly this problem and would have loved to have attended the John Barry/RPO concert last week (Thu - Portsmouth or Fri - London) but it wasn't to be.

I could go to the B'ham Danny Elfman concert (tomorrow, I think) and tickets were advertised at 2/3 off but I'm not that much of a fan. That said, I've enjoyed reading these reports/reviews and am very pleased you've all had a great time.

Mitch


Forgot to say that we were upgraded. Leeds Arena looked to be about two thirds full - so about eight or nine thousand? - but the upper wings were sparsely populated and we were put into great seats.

The point about the sound was well made - it was excellent, and far ahead of how I recall the RAH from previous Proms concerts, despite the mushrooms!

It was simply a great occasion, and to see Danny Elfman singing the NBC songs may never come around again.

 
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