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ICTURE THE scene. It’s Oc­to­ber 31. You’re in a packed Lon­don venue. An old man, who doesn’t look any­thing like a mu­sic star, walks on stage, sits down at a key­board, and starts play­ing a fa­mil­iar melody: the theme from Hal­loween. The crowd goes wild. Wel­come to John Car­pen­ter’s World Tour.

‘Mu­si­cian goes on tour’ is not usu­ally wor­thy of note. But when that mu­si­cian is Car­pen­ter, the great di­rec­tor who also hap­pened to com­pose some of the most iconic scores of the ’70s and ’80s, it’s time to get ex­cited. Well, some of us are ex­cited. “It’s ter­ri­fy­ing,” laughs Car­pen­ter. “But to get to do this late in my life, that’s just sen­sa­tional.”

Of late, the 68 year-old Car­pen­ter has been turn­ing the pas­sion for mu­sic that fu­elled his sound­tracks (Hal­loween, The Fog, As­sault On Precinct 13, Es­cape From New York and more) into a full­time ca­reer, with the re­lease of two al­bums: last year’s John Car­pen­ter’s Lost Themes and its se­quel, this year’s Lost Themes II. And there’s no bet­ter way for a mu­si­cian to sup­port al­bums than by go­ing on tour, which is ex­actly what Car­pen­ter and his six-piece band are do­ing, start­ing off in Den­mark at the end of May and fin­ish­ing up with that nicely timed gig in Lon­don.

“The show we’re go­ing to do is a ca­reer ret­ro­spec­tive of my movie mu­sic, and the best stuff from the al­bums,” he says. “It’s been fun think­ing about what the au­di­ence would like to hear, and what we will sound good play­ing.”

Car­pen­ter won’t be drawn on the set-list, but he does con­firm one thing: “I’m even go­ing to do stuff I didn’t com­pose. I’m go­ing to play the main ti­tle to The Thing — and that was En­nio Mor­ri­cone.” And will we get to hear Car­pen­ter sing? “No, I think we’ll be an in­stru­men­tal group,” he ad­mits. “But I think it’ll be a good show. Hey, ev­ery­thing is good. Ev­ery day I’m above ground is a good day…” CHRIS HE­WITT


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