by Casey Dewey
If you’re a fan of horror-movie soundtracks and/or spooky prog rock, you’ll want to be at the Marquee Theater in Tempe this Thursday night. Legendary Italian soundtrack maestros Goblin are playing an ultra-rare gig that you're not likely to witness again. Get ready for some scorching renditions of tunes from the cult classic horror films Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Tenebre, Deep Red, and hopefully some numbers from their debut album Roller, one of their few non-soundtrack albums.
Goblin played a few select gigs across the U.S. last year, and now they’re on a brief tour that’ll take them through the southwest. The band has been through several line-ups since their incarnation; this tour features original keyboardist Maurizo Guarini, guitarist Massimo Morante, bass player Fabio Pignatelli and drummer Agostino Marangolo.
Die-hard fans might be bummed that core member and keyboardist Claudio Simonetti isn’t around this time, but dread not—keyboard wizard Steve Moore of Zombi is stepping in to fill those luxurious shoes. Moore is worth half the ticket alone; Zombi are currently the reigning kings of synth-space rock, and his side projects range from the new age layers of his solo albums to the sexy dance floor grooves of his disco project, Lovelock. He also composes soundtracks to over-the-top gore films under the Gianni Rossi pseudonym, and with Guapo frontman Daniel O’Sullivan he’s formed Miracle, a kind of proggy mishmash of Roxy Music and New Order.
Texas drone-rock band Pinkish Black open the show. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 day of. Doors are at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Marquee’s website at luckymanonline.com.