Elfman and his band performed tunes from Oingo Boingo, new material from his 2021 album “Big Mess,” and songs from films including “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Batman,” and “Edward Scissorhands.”
Danny Elfman had a good time during his first-ever set at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio Saturday night.
“This is my first time on stage as myself in 27 years,” the producer, movie composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman told the crowd in the middle of his career-encapsulating turn.
“Thank you for bringing me out of whatever it’s called … I forget,” he said humbly at the end of the set. “Thank you … I like it here.”
During an hour-long set, Elfman and his band — which included drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, Sting), bassist Stu Brooks (Dub Trio), guitarists Nili Brosh and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), a full orchestra and choir led by former Oingo Boingo guitarist and orchestrator Steve Bartek — blasted through several of Elfman’s projects.
Elfman’s industrial and goth rock 2021 double album, “Big Mess,” featured a few Oingo Boingo tracks, as well as choices from his work on famous feature films and new music from his industrial and goth rock 2021 double album, “Big Mess.”
“Sorry,” one of his newest tracks, came out fast and hard.
Elfman controlled the stage and ferociously spit the hatred he’s publicly discussed, which led to the creation of his first solo record in over two decades. “Kick Me,” “True,” “Love in the Time of COVID,” and “Happy,” among the other new songs, were presented with equal fervor and given much more complexity live thanks to the orchestra and choir.