John Carpenter: Tyne Theatre, Newcastle – live review
Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
18th October 2018
The iconic themes and films of John Carpenter are brought to life by the man himself in a spellbinding audio visual set!
There are very few artists that can boast such a varied and exceptional career, but John Carpenter has successfully crossed the boundaries of film and music for almost fifty years. He is rightfully lauded as one of the most influential artists still working today. However, it has only been the last three years that has seen Carpenter playing the music from his films alongside music from his solo records. Therefore, he is rightfully a man in demand and this shows tonight as this grandiose venue is packed to the rafters with eager fans.
Carpenter and his band take to the stage in front of a huge screen and immediately open with the main titles from Escape From New York, with cuts from the movie playing in the background this packed audience are instantly enthralled by this opening track. Carpenter himself is in a rather upbeat mood as he greets the crowd and announces each of his iconic tracks.
The opening few tracks are a journey through Carpenter’s glorious cinematic history, Assault on Precinct 13, Village of the Damned and the instantly recognisable The Fog. The latter is of course accompanied by a mass of fog overtaking the stage, alongside these classic tracks Carpenter drops in work from his solo records or as he calls them the themes from the movies in your mind.
These tracks are what propels this set to another level, first Vortex and then Mystery with no obvious visual accompaniment the focus is solely placed upon Carpenter and the band. These tracks have a little more power which carry them against those themes which are incredibly well known and underpin the rest of this set. These tracks are few and far between though, which is equally understandable.
There is a brief abating of the horror themes that run through the set though with the inclusion of a cover of Jack Nitzsche’s Starman Leaves from Starman. This is quickly countered by a cover of Ennio Morricone’s theme from The Thing, every track in this packed set is instantly recognisable and brilliantly presented. The latter part of the set includes a cut from the new Halloween film entitled The Shape Hunts Allyson, followed by the main theme from the original film.
Having returned to a rapturous reception, Carpenter continues to acknowledge the crowds’ equal passion and enthusiasm for his work as he closes out on four of his finest tracks. Body Bags, Vampires and Prince of Darkness all feature but he leaves the crowd on a high with a rousing rendition of Christine Attacks (Plymouth Fury). John Carpenter is truly out of this world this evening his passion and brilliance shine throughout as everyone is left aghast, spellbound and utterly enthralled throughout his epic set.