27/10/2019Claudio Simonetti’s Cult Prog Rock Band Performing Live In Berlin On Halloween

Oh, the horror! Yes, people. Halloween is once again upon us with its ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Well, actually that would be GOBLIN, you know, the band. If you're into horror soundtracks, then Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN is sure to ring a bell. Formed in the early '70s, following in the footsteps of bands such as Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the now legendary Italian progressive rock band became a global phenomenon behind its best-selling soundtrack work for Italian director and screenwriter Dario Argento's cult horror movies.

In 1975, keyboarder Claudio Simonetti and his band were called onto the set of Dario Argento's "Profondo Rosso" (Deep Red) to replace the original composer, where they proceeded to rewrite most of the score, including the main theme. The soundtrack went on to sell over one million copies and the rest is history. After releasing their own album "Roller" in 1976, GOBLIN composed the soundtracks to Dario Argento's "Suspiria" (1977) and George Romero's "Zombie" (1978) among others. What then ensued was a series of successes, line-up changes, break-ups and temporary reunifications. Simonetti in the meantime launched his own solo career, including the soundtracks to Dario Argento's "Phenomena" (Creepers, 1984), "Demons" (1985) and "Opera" (1988) as well as his own album "Simonetti Horror Project" (1991). And the list goes on. 

Today, Claudio Sinonetti has gathered a new cast around him and, performing as Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN, is back on stage touring the globe with GOBLIN's goosebumps-inducing original scores. "We don’t want to ignore any band that is currently active with a similar name, we simply want to continue spreading the great legacy of Goblin’s music in our own way, music that has inspired so many bands and so many generations of musicians over the years," he emphasises on the band's website. This Thursday, on Halloween, Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN will be performing their only concert in Germany live at Lido Berlin, accompanied by horror movie scenes on the big cinema screen and supported by DJ and label head Alexander Arpeggio. So if you dare, do check them out (howl!).

Current line-up
Claudio Simonetti (keyboards)
Bruno Previtali (guitars)
Cecilia Nappo (bass)
Federico Maragoni (drums)

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom