Dawn of the Dead (1978) by George A. Romero and Suspiria (1977) by Dario Argento are among the most famous soundtracks composed and produced by Goblin. The music by Claudio Simonetti’s band is known throughout the world and has a special place in the cult horror film history. This summer, as both films reach their 40th anniversaries and Suspiria receives a reboot, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will perform the live scores alongside screenings of these hugely influential movies at two of the UK’s most beautiful venues.
Goblin kicked off their project in the early ‘70s inspired by prog bands like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In early 1975 the band was called in to replace the composer Giorgio Gaslini, who had left the set during the filming of Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) after an argument with the director Dario Argento. They re-wrote most of the score, including the infamous theme. It was an instant and unexpected success with more than a million copies sold and over 52 weeks spent in the Italian charts, ranking no.1 in both the single and LP categories.
Between '75 and '76, Goblin released an instrumental progressive rock album called Roller, and in 1977 Argento called on the band once again to write the soundtrack of Suspiria. In 1978, Goblin recorded another wildly successful soundtrack for the movie Zombi (Dawn of the Dead) directed by George Romero and a concept album about drugs, Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark.
In 2013, for the 40th anniversary of Profondo Rosso, Claudio Simonetti decided to reform the band under the name of Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin. The celebrations premiered during the Eutropia Festival in Rome, with a large audience including Dario Argento himself. It was an extraordinary success that allowed Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin to play their music around the world, including sold out shows across the UK, Europe, USA and beyond.
The dates are:
August 5th - Edinburgh, Summerhall - 5:30pm - SUSPIRIA (performance starts 6pm)
August 5th - Edinburgh, Summerhall - 8:20pm - DAWN OF THE DEAD (performance starts 8:50pm)
August 6th - Edinburgh, Summerhall - 5:30pm - DAWN OF THE DEAD (performance starts 6pm)
August 6th - Edinburgh, Summerhall - 8:50pm - SUSPIRIA (performance starts 9:20pm)
August 17th - London, Union Chapel - 7:00pm - SUSPIRIA (peformance starts 8:15pm)
August 18th - London, Union Chapel - 7:00pm - DAWN OF THE DEAD (performance starts 7:45pm)