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Hans Zimmer @ Coachella: ‘Inception,’ ‘The Lion King,’ Pharrell Williams, & more (pics, videos, setlist)

Composer Hans Zimmer played one of the most epic and moving sets of Coachella this past weekend. (If you didn’t make it to Indio for weekend one of the festival, Zimmer’s set was one of those available to stream.) Backed by an orchestra, Zimmer ran through parts of his scores of Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King, Gladiator and The Dark Knight. Hearing those pieces of music, immediately familiar and brought to life on a grand scale, made me weirdly nostalgic for the first times I’d encountered them (particularly the opening notes of “Circle of Life” from The Lion King). Zimmer was backed by some excellent players like cellist Tina Guo and Johnny Marr’s son Nile on guitar, and brought out a special guest, Pharrell Williams, who sang “Freedom.” (The famed “drop” in the Inception score, imitated now in so many movie trailers, was perhaps Zimmer’s most Coachella moment.) Some pictures of the set are in the gallery above, and a few video clips are below, along with the setlist.

His Coachella appearances are part of Zimmer’s current tcurrent tour, featuring selections from his most popular film score pieces, guests from the rock and pop world, and a light show designed by Marc Brickman (Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails). That tour stops at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on July 25 and 26, and tickets are still available.

Coachella weekend one wrapped up last night; check out our pics and recaps of day 1/Friday, day 2/Saturday, and Day 3/Sunday. Weekend 2 stars again on Friday (4/21). If you’re going, keep an eye on your phone.

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SETLIST: Hans Zimmer @ Coachella, 4/16/2017
from Inception:
Dream Is Collapsing
Mombasa
from Pirates Of The Caribbean:
Jack Sparrow
One Day
Up Is Down
He’s a Pirate
from The Lion King:
Circle of Life (with Lebo M)
Under the Stars (with Lebo M)
This Land (with Lebo M)
from Gladiator:
The Wheat
The Battle
Elysium
Now We Are Free
Freedom (Pharrell Williams cover) (with Pharrell Williams)
from The Dark Knight:
Why So Serious?
Fear Will Find You
Aurora
from Inception:
Time

some photos by Charles Reagan Hackleman, courtesy of Coachella

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