Danny Elfman

Eighteen years to the day after Oingo Boingo’s farewell concert at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheater, the band’s former frontman, Oscar-nominated film composer Danny Elfman, will take the concert stage for an ultra-rare live performance on Halloween, conducting and singing a program called “Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton.”

The Oct. 31 performance at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre, at which Elfman will be joined by the Hollywood Studio Symphony and Page L.A. Choir, follows a similar, long-sold-out performance on Oct. 7 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. That U.K. appearance will be Elfman’s first performance in front of an audience since that last Oingo Boingo concert — and is the first date of a short U.K. tour

Elfman, who famously has eschewed live performance because of hearing damage, will be taking the show on the road in the U.S., too: The Los Angeles Times, in reporting the Nokia Theatre concert, says, “A U.S. tour of the concert is in the works, but no dates or cities have been announced yet.”

Now, don’t expect Elfman to be whipping out Boingo classics: The shows will be largely orchestral, based on the music Elfman has composed for Burton’s films, with Elfman singing the role of Jack Skellington for some of that character’s songs from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Tickets for the Los Angeles concert, priced at $45 to $250, go on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 13.


‘Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton’ dates:

Oct. 7: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Oct. 8: First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
Oct. 9: The Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Oct. 10: NIA, Birmingham, UK
Oct. 31: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, USA






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