Earlier this month in London, former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman took the concert stage for an ultra-rare live appearance celebrating his film scores for director Tim Burton that concluded with something even more rare: Elfman took the mic for his first public vocal performance since Boingo’s demise nearly 18 years ago.
The program, “Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton,” debuted at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and was repeated in Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham. Elfman is now set to bring the orchestral performance to Los Angeles for three shows at Club Nokia on Oct. 29, 30 and 31.
According to reviews of the London performance, John Mauceri conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra and Maida Vale singers as Burton’s own sketches were projected onto a screen to performances of Elfman’s scores to “Beetlejuice,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands” and more.
The show culminated, though, with Elfman on stage singing the role of Jack Skellingston as the orchestra performed a string of songs from the “Nightmare Before Christmas” score.
Below, thanks to uploader OtterFreak, you can watch Eflman perform in London, singing publicly for the first time since Oingo Boingo’s farewell concert on Halloween night in 1995.
Danny Elfman, “Jack’s Lament” — Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 10/7/13
Danny Elfman, “What’s This?” — Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 10/7/13
Danny Elfman, “Jack’s Obsession” — Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 10/7/13
Danny Elfman, “Poor Jack” — Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 10/7/13
Danny Elfman, “Oogie Boogie’s Song” — Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, 10/7/13
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