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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Danny Elfman and Billie Eilish Serve New Halloween Treats at Sold-Out ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Concert

Musician and composer Danny Elfman has made it clear in the past that repetition tires him.

Although he has been hosting The Nightmare Before Christmas concerts live for several years now, he still comes up with new ways to present the iconic 1993 film classic, conceived by Tim Burton (and directed by Henry Selick). Returning this year for a couple of concerts on Friday, October 29 and Sunday, October 31, at a new home at Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium, Elfman brought in some fresh twists this time around, including the music megastar and Los Dweller. -Angelesa Billie Eilish plays Sally.

Eilis nailed Sally’s high-pitched sweet vocals (created by actress Catherine O’Hara) and added a deeper, breathtaking twist that made fans – yes, even the judges – jump into applause. She, too, looked matching in a bright Sally patchwork dress. Although she performed in front of a much larger audience than the out-of-date 22,000-seat soccer stadium, she seemed a little nervous at first, but at the end of the film she played a playful duet with Elfman.

For these shows, viewers need to know not to leave ahead of time. Back in 2015, when Elfman kicked off these Halloween specials, he returned to the stage strapped to his guitar and played his band Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” live for the first time in two decades.

This year, after a few bows – with Eilis and other guests Ken Page as Ugie Boogie, Paul Rubens as Lock and “Strange Al” Jankovic as Shock, conductor John Moseri and the entire orchestra and chorus – and receiving thunderous applause, he returned … and performed a special version of Oogie Boogie’s Song, which he originally wrote for Page. He then returned for the last time with Oingo Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek and the whole band to perform “Dead Man’s Party” with orchestral arrangements. These songs could very well be part of what Elfman was working on to include in his career sets at the Coachella Valley Indio Music and Arts Festival before it was canceled due to the 2020 pandemic.

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