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John Carpenter announces new album, fall tour

Image: Sacred Bones
Image: Sacred Bones

The return of pumpkin spice might be the most reliable annual sign of cooler temperatures ahead, but today legendary horror director-turned-touring musician John Carpenter brings us another harbinger of Halloween 2017 with the announcement of his new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998.


The “near comprehensive” album will collect newly recorded versions of classic Carpenter movie themes from films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault On Precinct 13, along with Carpenter and his band recording Ennio Morricone‘s theme for The Thing. (Fun fact: Carpenter hired Morricone to write the score for his 1982 Antarctic horror movie, but left several of his compositions on the cutting-room floor. Three of those eventually made it onto the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, for which Morricone won the first Best Original Score Oscar in his legendary career.) The 13 tracks on Anthology will span from Carpenter’s feature debut, 1974’s Dark Star, to 1998’s John Carpenter’s Vampires.

Carpenter has also released the first track from these new takes on old favorites, many of which he played live on his last tour. (You can hear the re-recorded “In the Mouth Of Madness” below.) Speaking of: The announcement of Anthology comes with the bonus announcement of a new John Carpenter tour, which kicks off October 29 in Las Vegas. That’s shortly after Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 comes out on Sacred Bones records—the same label that released Carpenter’s Lost Themes and Lost Themes II—on digital, CD, LP, and collector-friendly colored vinyl, with names like “Christine Red” and “The Fog Over Antonio Bay.”

You can see the track list for Anthology and a complete list of tour dates below. Tickets go on sale this coming Friday at 10:00 a.m. local time, and come with the option for VIP packages you can check out here.

Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 track list:
1. In the Mouth Of Madness
2. Assault On Precinct 13
3. The Fog
4. Prince Of Darkness
5. Santiago (Vampires)
6. Escape From New York
7. Halloween
8. Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)
9. They Live
10. The Thing
11. Starman
12. Dark Star
13. Christine

John Carpenter US Tour 2017

10/29/17 -Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino

10/31/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

11/2/17 - Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove

11/4/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

11/5/17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

11/7/17 - Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live

11/9/17 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

11/10/17 - Detroit, MI @ El Club

11/12/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall

11/13/17 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

11/15/17 - Boston, MA @ Royale

11/16/17 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5

11/18/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

11/19/17 - Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theatre