Composer, producer and singer-songwriter Danny Elfman is taking the extended version of his career-encapsulating performance at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to two Southern California venues this summer.
After debuting the extended version during two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in October last year, Elfman will be hitting North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego on Aug. 3 and FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Aug. 5.
Tickets to both shows will be available to the general public starting at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12 at LiveNation.com. There’s a Citi presale for Citi cardmembers that begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9 and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at citientertainment.com. The artist presale starts at 10 a.m. May 9 and runs through 10 p.m. May 11 at LiveNation.com.
These shows feature Elfman backed by bassist Stu Brooks (Lady Gaga, Dub Trio), guitarist Nili Brosh (Dethklok), guitarist Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses) and Ilan Rubin on drums (Nine Inch nails, Angels & Airwaves). There’s also a full orchestra and a live choir that he performed with at Coachella and the Hollywood Bowl Halloween shows.
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It highlights songs from throughout his career including his time in Oingo Boingo, his solo career and songs from his 2021 double album “Big Mess,” and a slew of his film and television scores with selections from “Alice in Wonderland,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “The Simpsons” and much more.
During an interview with the Southern California News Group last year, Elfman said he put tons of work into his solid one-hour set for Coachella, but with so much content having to hit the cutting room floor to keep it so tight, he had a lot leftover. He was able to work back in an additional 30 minutes of visuals and music into this show.
“I had seven or eight edits of each of the songs and I’d try to trim 12 seconds here, 27 more seconds there, because Coachella is a tight ship,” he recalled. “So there are really two things for these new shows: the first is that I’m going to untruncate some of the songs that were a bit too truncated, like some Boingo songs that got cut way down, and the other thing is that I get to put in more songs that I would have liked to, but they just ended up getting cut.”
Those back-to-back Coachella weekends were also his first full performances as a frontman in well over two decades.
“It was by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he said.