Hans Zimmer announces new live album and European tour

Hans Zimmer
(Image credit: BBC)

German film score composer and music producer Hans Zimmer has announced that he will release a new double live album, Hans Zimmer LIVE, through Sony Classical on March 3.

The album has been preceded with the release of a single, The Last Samurai Suite, which is out now, and features more than two hours of new reimagined arrangements of some of Zimmer's most popular compositions.

The album was recorded during the highly successful same-named concert tour in Europe in spring of 2022, in which Zimmer created new “suites” from some of his most recognisable themes and melodies from the OscarÒ-winning scores for Dune and The Lion King, as well as such contemporary classics as The Dark KnightX Men: Dark PhoenixDunkirkGladiatorInceptionInterstellarThe Last SamuraiMan of SteelNo Time to DiePirates of the Caribbean and Wonder Woman 1984.

“I simply wanted to produce the best album,” Zimmer says, who recorded Hans Zimmer LIVE like a studio production over 10 nights, spending weeks mixing the album with his friend and producer, Stephen Lipson. “I wanted to create an opportunity for the music to breathe a little differently, in its own context. For this adventure, I am thrilled to have been joined by the greatest possible team of collaborators.”

Hans Zimmer LIVE will be available at streaming services in stereo and the immersive formats Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 RA, for digital download, as well as a 2-CD DigiPac and a limited 4 x 180 g audiophile vinyl set.

Last week it was announced that Zimmer's forty-year career will be celebrated by the BBC with a new documentary Hans Zimmer – Hollywood Rebel which airs on Sunday October 16 at 9pm.

Zimmer has also announced European tour dates for May and June 2023.

Apr 23: GER Oberhausen Rudolf Weber Arena
Apr 25: BELAntwerp Sportpalais Antwerp
Apr 27: GER Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
Apr 29: GER Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
May 1: ITATurino Pala Alpitour
May 3: ITA Bologna Unipol Arena (postponed from 2022)
May 6: FRA Nice Palais Nikaia
May 7: FRA Montpellier La Sud de France Arena
May 9: FRA Bordeaux Arkea Arena Bordeaux
May 11: SPA Bilbao Bilbao Exhibition Centre
May 13: POR Lisbon Altice Arena
May 16: SPA Madrid WiZink Center
May 20: GER Hannover ZAG Arena
May 22: SWI Zurich Hallenstadion Zurich
May 24: GER Munich Olympiahalle Munich
May 26: GER Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena
May 28: GER Hamburg Barclays Arena
May 30: POL Krakow Tauron Arena Krakow
Jun 2: CZE Prague 02 Arena
June 3: AUS Vienna Wiener Stadthalle – Halle D
Jun 5: HUN Budapest Papp László Sportaréna 
Jun 6: SLO Bratislava Ondrej Nepela Arena (postponed from 2022)
Jun 9: GER Cologne LANXESS Arena
Jun 10: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
Jun 11: NED Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
Jun 12: NED Rotterdam Ahoy Rotterdam
Jun 14: UK London The O2
Jun 15: UK London The O2
Jun 16: UK Machester Manchester Arena
Jun 18: IRE Dublin 3Arena
Jun 22: BEL Brussels Palais 12
Jun 23: FRA Paris Accor Arena
Jun 24: FRA Paris Accor Arena

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Hans Zimmer

(Image credit: Sony Classical)
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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.