Hans Zimmer is currently preparing for his second tour, which will arrive in Budapest early next summer. The Oscar-winning German composer lives in Los Angeles, but he feels at home in Europe and he thinks fondly of Hungary as well, he told the MTI.
Following the success of his first ever European tour this year, Hans Zimmer is going on tour again next year. Hollywood’s most popular composer will be accompanied by his 15-member studio band, a symphonic orchestra and a choir, as well as surprise guest musicians.
“For 40 years, I didn’t perform in front of an audience because I get stage fright. But this can’t be an excuse. I can’t hide, and the time has come to face the audience. It’s a big adventure, and while I was terribly afraid for the first time, I’ve given up being cautious,” he said.
The European leg of the tour kicks off on May 16 in Helsinki, and they will perform in Budapest, in the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena on June 1. The composer has fond memories of their previous concert in Budapest in May, and he is happy to be coming back to Hungary. “I have wonderful friends there, I feel really connected to the city, and the audience is incredible as well.
Those who live there may not even realise it, but I think Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” he said.
Hans Zimmer, who plays guitar at the concerts, began to think about going on tour after two sold-out performances in London in 2014. “I spend all my life sitting in a room, writing music. Going outside and seeing the world is simply incredible,” the composer said.
He also talked about how important it was for him to perform with “all the amazing musicians whose music everyone has heard already, but the audience has not seen it yet”, and to play together with the people he has worked with for the past 30 years.
The two-act performance will have all the fan favourite songs from films such as The Lion King, Interstellar, Inception or The Pirates of the Caribbean. The new set will most likely change only slightly since “it worked very well” on the previous tour, although there will be some changes, because “the set can always be improved”, he added.
The Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony-winning composer highlighted how happy he feels to be touring Europe again. “I live in Los Angeles, but as soon as I come back to Europe, I become a different person and I feel immediately at home. I face who I was, who I am.
I’m not a stranger in Europe, not even in Hungary, whose language no one can learn, myself included. But I have many Hungarian friends who help me feel at home. I’m coming home to Europe, and it’s wonderful,” said Hans Zimmer.
Tickets for Hans Zimmer’s Budapest concert are available HERE.
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