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Hans Zimmer delivers movie music magic at Microsoft Theater ahead of Coachella debut / billboard

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"It took 30 years for me to get out of a dark, windowless room, and look where I am," joked Hans Zimmer, gesturing out to the dark, windowless, boxy Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Friday night - April 14.

But this was a very different scene for the Oscar-winning composer than the usual solitude that accompanies writing music to such movies as The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight, Driving Miss Daisy, Interstellar and dozens more. This night, he was in a dark, windowless room with more than 7,000 rabid fans, who treated him like a rock star from the minute he walked on stage. There's good reason for that - he does appear in the Buggles' music clip for "Video Killed The Radio Star," after all - but the reception was more due to Zimmer's status as the most famous living composer today, after John Williams. His body of work is renowned for his deft ability to fuse seamlessly electronic, synthesized music with traditional orchestration.  
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