Oct 20 : The 'Michael Giacchino at 50' Gala

October 20th, 2017.

Although I have a website called "premieres.co", I will concede that the one element of movies that I'm even more of a fan of than movies themselves, is Film Score music. Whenever possible (and in London, pleasingly it is quite often possible) I will attend Screen Composer talks, Composer events, and concerts by composers. I will even - and have several times - missed premieres because composer events take priority.

So when the Royal Albert Hall announced not just that they'd be celebrating the 50th Birthday of composer Michael GIacchino, but that many of his "Friends" would be showing up to 'pay tribute', I definitely knew I'd try to be there.

And maybe take some photos..... it's a birthday party after all : you gotta take photos.

Here's how it went down:

Kind of the nosebleed section... also kind of an awesome eye-in-the-sky eyrie section.

Kind of the nosebleed section... also kind of an awesome eye-in-the-sky eyrie section.

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Above : The several costumes of host, Mythbusters' Adam Savage : Mr Incredible (from 'The Incredibles'), T-Rex (from 'Jurassic World'), Doctor Strange (from 'Doctor Strange') and a polar bear (from 'Lost') - fyi : he did not dress up in Jupiter Jones' wedding dress from Jupiter Ascending, or a topless Taylor Kitsch from 'John Carter'.

Colin Trevorrow - director of (in the words of host Adam Savage) both the highest and LOWEST grossing movies Michael Giacchino scored (Jurassic World being the highest)

Colin Trevorrow - director of (in the words of host Adam Savage) both the highest and LOWEST grossing movies Michael Giacchino scored (Jurassic World being the highest)

"Disney said it was okay to do this.... please don't tell them, though"

"Disney said it was okay to do this.... please don't tell them, though"

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, who quoted the list of numerous pun-tastic track names GIacchino wanted to put onto the Rogue One soundtrack. True to form, Disney is the only company that made him change the titles - pretty much every other soundtrack features hilarious track names. ("Live and let Jedi" is a track that should have been allowed)

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, who quoted the list of numerous pun-tastic track names GIacchino wanted to put onto the Rogue One soundtrack. True to form, Disney is the only company that made him change the titles - pretty much every other soundtrack features hilarious track names. ("Live and let Jedi" is a track that should have been allowed)

The man of the hour, escorted to the conductor's podium by an honour guard (?) of Stormtroopers who "politely" asked the conductor to move along... elsewhere.

The man of the hour, escorted to the conductor's podium by an honour guard (?) of Stormtroopers who "politely" asked the conductor to move along... elsewhere.

(not my joke) - "You guys paid at least $60 to be at my birthday party? What kind of a host does that, I hear you ask!"

(not my joke) - "You guys paid at least $60 to be at my birthday party? What kind of a host does that, I hear you ask!"

The guy from 'Lost' recounted a live scoring session that ended with the orchestra cheering and crying (and then they played the music and the scene : a five minute segment without words or sounds, just music. It was pretty great)

The guy from 'Lost' recounted a live scoring session that ended with the orchestra cheering and crying (and then they played the music and the scene : a five minute segment without words or sounds, just music. It was pretty great)

"Thanks for being here, guys. But I think even you'd admit that no matter how much cake I get, there's not enough cake to go around...."

"Thanks for being here, guys. But I think even you'd admit that no matter how much cake I get, there's not enough cake to go around...."

"Get drunk in 15mins then come back. I know I will!"

"Get drunk in 15mins then come back. I know I will!"

Pete Docter, Director of Pixar's "UP" (for which Giacchino won an Oscar)

Pete Docter, Director of Pixar's "UP" (for which Giacchino won an Oscar)

Andrew Stanton, director of "John Carter" - a soundtrack I also love. (He unwrapped a CD copy on stage, explaining that even though few people watched the movie, even fewer had appreciated the amazing soundtrack) (He also suggested kids in the audience ask their parents what a 'CD' and a 'Record Shop' were)

Andrew Stanton, director of "John Carter" - a soundtrack I also love. (He unwrapped a CD copy on stage, explaining that even though few people watched the movie, even fewer had appreciated the amazing soundtrack) (He also suggested kids in the audience ask their parents what a 'CD' and a 'Record Shop' were)

Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, and the three Planet of the Apes movies (the last two scored by Giacchino)

Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, and the three Planet of the Apes movies (the last two scored by Giacchino)

JJ Abrams, who was asked to listen to some game music by a friend and ended up tracking Giacchino down to score the TV show 'Alias' and then ended up getting him to score Lost, and all the movies in the Star Trek reboot, as well as Super8, and ultimately Rogue One.

JJ Abrams, who was asked to listen to some game music by a friend and ended up tracking Giacchino down to score the TV show 'Alias' and then ended up getting him to score Lost, and all the movies in the Star Trek reboot, as well as Super8, and ultimately Rogue One.

"he's a pretty nice guy. If any of you are making a movie, totally ask him if he'll score it for you... wait, let me give you his phone number.."

"he's a pretty nice guy. If any of you are making a movie, totally ask him if he'll score it for you... wait, let me give you his phone number.."

... and then Gonzo from The Mupetts showed up, and I'm not sure why (although the dude holding him is the guy who has done the voice since the very beginning, and that is surely cool)

... and then Gonzo from The Mupetts showed up, and I'm not sure why (although the dude holding him is the guy who has done the voice since the very beginning, and that is surely cool)

I just realised...> I really need to get better friends for when I turn fifty. Or maybe not 'better' because that sounds like an insult I guess... but maybe MORE?

I just realised...> I really need to get better friends for when I turn fifty. Or maybe not 'better' because that sounds like an insult I guess... but maybe MORE?

"Any friends of mine are naturally friends of yours. But please don't abuse that friendship by sending all these people unsolicited scripts telling them you're friends of mine..."

"Any friends of mine are naturally friends of yours. But please don't abuse that friendship by sending all these people unsolicited scripts telling them you're friends of mine..."

"Okay, most of the messages on this card appear to be Age-based jokes. Uncool, guys..."

"Okay, most of the messages on this card appear to be Age-based jokes. Uncool, guys..."

"Thanks, Guys."

"Thanks, Guys."

"... you can all go home now, if you want..."

"... you can all go home now, if you want..."

A quick look at my Sounds.xls excel spreadsheet (of course I have one...) reveals that the Michael Giacchino scores I own are : The Incredibles (Japanese secondhand version, titled "Mr Fantastic", bought in Tokyo), Ratatouille (purchased in Chester, England), Mission Impossible III (purchased Berlin), Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (purchased on Amazon), John Carter (purchased at Tower Records, Shibuya), Land of the Lost (Japanese version bought secondhand at Book Off Takadanobaba), Jupiter Ascending (purchased in Lille, France), the Lost TV soundtrack (purchased in Shinjuku Japan), Speed Racer (purchased at Recofan, Shibuya, Japan), Star Trek (2009) (purchased in London, then the Deluxe Version for Christmas), Star Trek into Darkness (purchased in London, then the Deluxe Version in London), Star Trek Beyond (a gift, purchased in Minneapolis), Super8 (HMV in Singapore) and Rogue One (purchased Tower Records, Akihabara).

And as a result of this concert I've sourced the 'Tomorrowland' soundtrack from a shop in Hamburg, Germany.

Happy Birthday, Mr Giacchino!!