Words by Olly MacNamee
On Tuesday 12 April, Hans Zimmer performs at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham – as promoted by Harvey Goldsmith. At the time of writing tickets for this event have sold out, but for direct information from The Ticket Factory, click here.
There’s no doubting Hans Zimmer’s credentials as one of Hollywood’s major composers, with a career spanning over 150 films including The Lion King (for which he won an Oscar in 1994), Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and the recently released Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. To the modern movie-goer he’s arguably best known for his work scoring the films of Christopher Nolan, including Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Interstellar.
Having spent his childhood fixated on music, Zimmer played keyboard with a number of bands in the ‘70s, including Trevor Horn’s The Buggles, even making a brief appearance in the video of The Buggles’ 1979 hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’. Zimmer worked his way across Europe as a jobbing musician, before eventually washing up in Hollywood. Hell, he’s even worked with The Damned.
Even in childhood, with his father an engineer, the Frankfurt born Zimmer would experiment with music and musical instruments, fixing odds and ends onto his piano to achieve a different, experimental sound. His noodling with electronic music still continues to this day and it will certainly be interesting to see how this translates on stage when Zimmer, along with his 70+ travelling minstrels, comes to Birmingham with over four decades of back catalogue to borrow from.
Performing with the likes of Lebo M (from the aforementioned Lion King), Mike Einziger from Incubus, as well as a possible appearance Johnny Marr (whom Zimmer has previously worked with on Inception and The Amazing Spider-man 2) it would seem that those fortunate enough to be going will be witness to a rather eclectic, diverse set.
Given that this is one of few UK dates on Zimmer’s first ever tour, many have already grabbed the opportunity to catch one of Hollywood’s most renowned contemporary composers – with the concert selling out.
For more on Hans Zimmer, visit http://www.hans-zimmer.com/
For more from the Barclaycard Arena, visit http://www.barclaycardarena.co.uk/