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Hans Zimmer Again Stuns the Coachella Masses

Posted on April 25th, 2017 by Chrissy Mauck


Photo by Greg Noire. © Coachella 2017

“The crazy German is back,” said famed film composer Hans Zimmer as he again took the outdoor stage Sunday night at Coachella. “Tonight is all about the these people behind me and you. These are amazing musicians.”

A 40-piece orchestra and choir playing and singing some of the most famous movie scores of all-time on the last night of the 3-day festival?

Sounds a bit left of center even for Coachella, and maybe too dizzying of a contrast from other acts on the bill. But, not so. Well done to festival promoter Golden Voice. Well done. It was an inventive choice, and one that offered a truly stunning and mesmerizing moment for the masses.

As cast member and guitarist Guthrie Govan told us before the set, “I like the subversive aspect of it. As Hans himself put it at the last show we did a week ago, it takes a special kind of crazy person to bring an orchestra out into the desert but someone had to do it. The crowd reaction was amazing. I think no one knew what quite to expect. Maybe they gathered out of respect, maybe out of sheer curiosity, but no one knew the type of show they were about to experience and you could feel the enthusiasm in the crowd growing so I think it was a successful experiment.”

Indeed.

The cinematic trip included scores from Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy and crowd-favorite, The Lion King.

A roar to rival that of Mufasa’s went up among the audience when South African composer Lebo M. returned to the Coachella stage to sing his parts from the Academy-award winning animated film.

Govan also enjoyed the spotlight during several songs, including a demonstration of his masterful and face-melting playing on his signature Charvel model during “One Day” from Pirates.

The addition of electric guitar and bass took many of the orchestral arrangements to a new, and if possible, even more grandiose level.  Johnny Marr’s son Nile, who Govan said “uncannily has the exact same timing as his father,” traded riffs with Zimmer during the Inception opus, which also included a lengthy drum breakdown.

“It’s going to get considerably darker,” Zimmer warned the audience in an ominous and deep voice before what sounded like an air raid horn and a hair-raising pounding bass line kicked in for the Dark Knight trilogy.

And while, yes, it did get darker, Zimmer’s masterpieces also fed a sea of festival souls with inspiration and a true sense of magic.

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Hans Zimmer Live on Tour : 3M5 Guitars Echo In Eternity

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer recruited guitarists Mike Einziger, Guthrie Govan and Johnny Marr to join his choir and orchestra for his Hans Zimmer Live tour, which is currently making its way across Europe.

In the clip below, the three phenom guitarists talk about what it means to join Zimmer’s tour.

See Guthrie Govan in Hans Zimmer Live Rehearsal Video

Posted on April 6th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

A new behind-the-scenes video for the Hans Zimmer Live tour, which kicked off April 6 in London, takes viewers through the first few days of rehearsals as Zimmer and his 77-piece orchestra get ready for what looks to be a phenomenal show.

Included in the festivities is Charvel artist Guthrie Govan, who can be seen a few times throughout the package with his signature model.

Govan previously shared how he connected with Zimmer during a 2014 interview with Ultimate Guitar‘s Rebecca Livingstone.

“He sent me a Facebook message and I didn’t believe it was him,” Govan revealed. “I get some fairly weird Facebook messages, sometimes people seem a bit like stalkers or whatever. So I replied to this, ‘You’re probably some 14-year-old kid looking for my email address, please don’t waste my time.”

Zimmer apparently wrote back, saying, “No it really is me the dodgy German film composer, I found you on YouTube, I love what you do with a fretless guitar. Do you want to be in my band?”

“So I was like okay maybe it really is him,” shared Govan. “I just find it funny that I nearly blew the whole thing by refusing to believe it was actually Hans. It just seemed so implausible that someone in his musical world would know about what I do because I’m kind of a specialized player. But that’s what he does, he watches YouTube. He’s always looking for new musicians, new inspirations stuff like that. He’s a great guy to work with.”

Hear from Govan and Zimmer, and enjoy a look at rehearsals in the clip below. Click here for tour dates & ticket info!

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