Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Live at Coachella 2017

Though I’m personally more fond of the Batman theme that was composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, there’s no denying Hans Zimmer wrote some incredible music for The Dark Knight trilogy. In fact, the music that Hans Zimmer has composed for all of his collaborations with Christopher Nolan have been rather influential on other film score composers, prompting plenty of imitation.

Fans attending Coachella this year were treated to a special performance by composer Hans Zimmer, complete with a full orchestra and some other choice instruments in an assembly of several medleys from his various soundtracks. We’ve already highlighted his showcase of Inception, and now you can watch and listen to The Dark Knight performance too.

Watch as Hans Zimmer performs The Dark Knight live at Coachella 2017 below.

Unlike most live performances of film scores, this isn’t just an arrangement that plays tracks just as they appeared on the soundtrack. Instead, this is almost like a remix of themes from The Dark Knight with some added instrumentals that feel right at home in a rock concert. At times the added electric guitar and bass almost make The Dark Knight sounds like the score for Mad Max: Fury Road, a score that also deserves to have a live performance at a festival like Coachella.

If you’re interested in the Hans Zimmer experience (and it looks like quite the trippy one), he has nearly two dozen tour dates in the United States at the end of the summer. Check out the list below to see if he’s coming near you and get tickets right away, because I’m sure they’re going fast:

  • 07/13 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theater
  • 07/14 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Center
  • 07/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
  • 07/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
  • 07/21 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 07/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
  • 07/23 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • 07/25 – New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
  • 07/26 – New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
  • 07/28 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands PAC
  • 07/29 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
  • 07/30 – Montreal, QB @ Bell Center
  • 08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • 08/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
  • 08/04 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 08/06 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
  • 08/09 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
  • 08/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
  • 08/12 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
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