Concerts

John Carpenter Show at the Gothic Theatre Canceled

Influential science fiction and horror filmmaker John Carpenter is currently on his first national tour as a musician. However, the Denver tour stop, scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, has been canceled. Refunds available at point of purchase. Carpenter was to perform selections from his two albums, 2015's Lost Themes and this year's Lost Themes II as well as several of the iconic soundtrack themes from across his career. No information yet as to why this particular show (and no other) has been canceled, but we will update this post with information as we get it.

For his 1978 film Halloween Carpenter created his own soundtrack compositions and was influenced by Goblin's darkly brooding music for Dario Argento's Suspiria and Mike Oldfield's hauntingly delicate themes for William Friedkin's The Exorcist. Except that Carpenter equalled the power of both of those artists in his own work, he scored the soundtracks to virtually all of his films, and established a high standard for music for film that forever changed the way future directors contracted and otherwise created music in horror and science fiction cinema.

Lost Themes I and II represented Carpenter's first official foray as a musical artist without the music being tied to a specific film. Notably, both albums were issued by Sacred Bones, an imprint started by former Denverite Caleb Braaten who used to be employed at Twist & Shout Records before moving to New York City.

That Carpenter would have performed in Denver at the Gothic Theatre, a classic movie theater before it turned into a concert venue, seemed only fitting. There doesn't appear to be a make-up date at this time.


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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.