Written by Zen Terrelonge
Few people, let alone music composers, can conjure up a following as diverse as Hans Zimmer’s.
Having seen the man in action at Wembley Arena on 7th April as part of the Hans Zimmer Live Tour, I was surprised to see the wide variety of individuals scattered across the audience.
From children to millennials (you know, us people who take selfies and pics of our food), to middle-aged and beyond, the arena was a marketer’s wet dream.
Given my appetite for superhero films, Zimmer grabbed my attention over the years with impressive scores for The Dark Knight Trilogy – great for working out and making gains to by the way.
But the musical maverick has also whipped up sounds for Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Gladiator and Interstellar, to name a few.
And let’s not forget, Zimmer also produced material for The Lion King so he could take his then young daughter Zoe to an age appropriate film premiere, as he revealed during the concert.
In a sense, what I witnessed during the show was history unfold before my eyes, with Zimmer, supercharged with an orchestra, choir and singing soloists (and duos at times), recapturing the magic that he and his cohorts created during his extensive, impressive and enviable career.
In addition to the beautiful compositions that were belted out inside the arena, all of that was made even richer and powerful with a light show and verbal diary entries from the man himself. It wasn’t just Zoe (his daughter, remember) he mentioned – he also spoke of companions including Christopher Nolan and the Scott brothers.
Despite the scale, the various titbits from Zimmer gave the theatrical spectacle an intimate West End stage show quality as intrigued guests hung on to his every word in silence.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and profess to be a classical music connoisseur. I’m not. I’m casual at best – who doesn’t love a bit of Vivaldi – Four Seasons.
However, in a world where modern music has often become incoherent and nonsensical, with talk of “eating the booty like groceries”, I can’t help but feel it would do us all a bit of good to branch out into the unknown from time to time.
If I had to sum up the show in one word? Magnificent.
So should you ever you get the chance to see Zimmer in action, do not hesitate, just book.
Just pray you’re not sitting next to a beer-swigging oaf who doesn’t understand personal space.