Every since I heard the lion King I have become some what of a fan of German born composer Hans Zimmer. The instrumental track "This Land" from the Lion King is my favourite instrumental of all time. As the years progressed, his music has been featured in the "cream of the crop" of global films around the world, Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean & Inception to name a few. I knew heading to see him live that it wouldn't be your standard pop/rock concert so I went in with an open mind.
The concert started with a single instrument and then followed with some clever answering single instrument before the rock band started to get involved. At this point it was pretty standard, next thing, a few more string appeared with extra lights, the volume built before just when you thought it couldn't get any bigger, the curtain rises to reveal another 30 or so orchestra members with choir. Bang, that set you up for the night, you knew he meant business then!
I can't say I go to too much concerts but from what I have been at, I have never heard sound come from stage speakers like that before. The punchiness, the clarity the screeching highs to the rumbling lows, unbelievable. In fact there was one point on the night where, there was about 20 seconds of sub low bass playing, it churned my stomach and I could feel my ear drums about the pop. Hans is the ultimate soundscape master, the tone of each instrument is so well tuned but yet the addition of all instruments together creates a full but clean tapestry of both rhythm and melody that you would simply not get from a standard concert.
Other standout point of the night was original singer Lebo M on the Lion King, Zimmer's funny inter-song jokes, also his touching tribute to Heath Ledger was a highlight. The second half of the show provided a powerful and energetic light show, the finale encore, inception, blew the house down. You would expect with an almost 70 piece orchestra that the final flurry would be huge, throwing everything at it but instead Hans played intervals on the piano at the end with just a spot light on him, leaving the crowd hanging, you couldn't even hear a breath before the wooshing inception sound effect cut the stage lights and music off leaving complete silence, I couldn't of thought of a better ending.
With almost 3 hours of playing, this concert seemed so short, and that's a sure sign that the show was perfectly produced and overall very engaging.
One of the best concerts I was ever at, worth every penny.
Lion King Snippet
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