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posted Friday, June 3, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 23
John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' concert coming to the Paramount June 14
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John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' concert coming to the Paramount June 14

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

JOHN CARPENTER
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
June 14


I love John Carpenter. There's no other way to say it. Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, Escape from New York, Prince of Darkness, Elvis, Starman, In the Mouth of Madness, They Live!, Vampires, all of these films stir my imagination down to its core, each offering up a variety of creepy, down-and-dirty delights that get me excited just thinking about them again here. Heck, I consider his 1982 remake of The Thing, an insidiously, diabolically creepy horror opus filled with a mind-numbing array of psychological layers, to be one of the greatest motion pictures of all-time. Ever. Period. No extra embellishments. No exclamation points.

One of the more successful elements in every film Carpenter has made, good, bad, in-between, are the scores fueling them, the majority of them written by the director himself. Sometimes in collaboration with others (most frequently Alan Howarth and Shirley Walker), but most frequently entirely on his own, his music has reached the point where just a few bars of the themes to Halloween or Escape from New York are enough to set viewers on edge anticipating the unsettling terrors to come.

It's taken over four decades, but Carpenter is finally being recognized for his work as a composer. His first album, Lost Themes, released in 2015 by Sacred Bones Records and containing compositions co-written by his son Cody and fellow musician Daniel Davies, was something of a surprise hit with both critics and fans. So much so, not only did the album spawn a sequel, Lost Themes II released just this past April, it also found the legendary film director doing something brand new, going on a concert tour.

After kicking things off with a sold out event in Los Angeles back on May 20, Carpenter, joined by his son Cody and fellow songwriter Davies, comes to Seattle on Tuesday, June 14, for a show at the Paramount Theatre, and I couldn't be more excited. Just the idea of the filmmaker and composer coming to town has me geeking out like a star-struck 12-year-old, and I kind of can't wait to attend the concert. Both Lost Themes albums are fantastic, and reviews of the L.A. show were ecstatic. It should be a great night, and my anticipation for it is through the roof.

Mostly, though, the reason I'm so excited about Carpenter's concert is how it reacquaints me with my childhood. His visit reminds me why I fell in love with cinema, allows me to revisit how I ended up on the path to becoming a film critic. His movies allowed my imagination to soar, helped me navigate traumatic experiences and, in their own odd sort of way, helped me become comfortable with my own self-examination as it pertained to sexuality and gender. I have a personal tie to this filmmaker unlike any I have with other directors, and I can't believe for a second I'd have followed the path I have in life if I hadn't encountered a number of his motion pictures. But, hey, in the end, going to John Carpenter's concert at the Paramount has more to do with just wanting to be entertained more than it does anything else, and I have this sneaking suspicion that's exactly what is going to happen.

For tickets, including VIP option, visit www.stgpresents.org, phone 877-STG-4TIX, or visit the Paramount Theatre box office in person.

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