While he was never afraid of wilding out back in his Oingo Boingo days, multifaceted musician and composer, Danny Elfman, is known for his reticent personality when it comes to live performance. The talented artists has won a Grammy and an Emmy, but never an Academy Award (although he was nominated for four), and he’s perfectly fine with that.
“I think I’m probably the only one in Hollywood who sighs a big sigh of relief when they don’t get an Oscar,” explained Elfman to Kevin and Bean on Thursday morning (September 12). “I don’t want to go up there. I really don’t want to go up there. More terrifying than performing in front of a zillion people is ever talking in front of a microphone.”
That’s why Elfman’s upcoming plans to perform 15 of his original soundtrack songs for Tim Burton’s films on Halloween at the Nokia Theatre is even more rare. Elfman will be performing a handful of songs from Nightmare Before Christmas, including singing the parts of Jack Skellington—which he hasn’t done in 20 years and has never done live. Elfman laughs, saying he backed himself into that decision and “there’s no way out.”
“First off I’ve never sung any of these songs publicly ever, so it’s not like I’m doing an Oingo Boingo song,” Elfman explained. “I only sang these in front of a microphone twenty years ago.”
For Elfman’s rare appearance, he will be performing at least one song from every Tim Burton movie he’s scored including Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie, and more. He will be accompanied by the 87-piece Hollywood Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri and the 45-member Page L.A. Choir.