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Danny Elfman one of the biggest names as a film composer but also as a member of iconic band Oingo Boingo returned to the the Hollywood Bowl with his Coachella Performance rather than his usual Nightmare Before Christmas show. Elfman debuted an all new show at Coachella 6 months ago combining his new music, Oingo Boingo hits, and of course film and TV compositions. Last year Elfman's performance took place at the Banc of CA Stadium with special guests Billie Eilish, Weird Al Yankovic, and Paul Reubens, and was performed at the Hollywood Bowl a number of times previously, However Dead and Co. Had the Hollywood Bowl Halloween weekend last year. The shows this time took place two and three days before Halloween. The show combines the music with bizarre visuals in addition to clips from the films he worked on. The show included 32 songs/compositions. Elfman performs shirtless in the 65 degree weather for nearly three hours. Elfman's First major film goes back to 1985 and was also his first of many collaborations to this day with director Tim Burton and that was Pee Wee's Big Adventure which would follow with Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Batman Returns, Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks, Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, and more.
Elfman also composed the music to Mission Impossible, all three Men in Black films, and Marvel's Spider-Man (2002) Spider-Man 2 (2004), Hulk (2003), and most recently Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness released this year.
Elfman’s Allstar band consists of guitarist Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) and Nili Brosch (Tony MacAlpine/ Cirque du Soleil), bassist Stu Brooks (Perry Farrell/Matisyahu) and drummer Josh Freese (Devo/Sting) along with an orchestra and choir. Conducting the orchestra was none other than Oingo Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek
Elfman performed many of his fans most beloved compositions like "Spider-Man Main Title," “Breakfast Machine” from Pee Wee's Big Adventure, “The Simpsons Theme”, “Jack's Lament”, “This is Halloween and Whats This?” from Nightmare Before Christmas sporting a Jack Skellington outfit and all the characters voices were live, "Beetlejuice Theme," “The Batman Theme”, and "Alice's Theme," and "Edward Scissorhands." Elfman also performed one of his latest compositions. “Main Titles from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. The Oingo Boingo hits included "Just Another Day," "Only a Lad," and "Dead Man's Party." Bartek joined in on guitar for "Dead Man's Party." This show included everything an Elfman fan could want.