The Game of Thrones concert tour is coming to the U.S.!
The hugely popular HBO series may be coming to an end within the next couple of years, but fans who can’t get enough Game of Thrones will still get their chance to experience at least part of the show’s magic, thanks to a headlining concert tour that will hit 28 different cities across the U.S. and Canada, beginning in February 2017, the Wrap is reporting.
Don’t expect some dull performance by an orchestra while the audience sits politely and quietly claps between movements, like most orchestral performances. The Game of Thrones concert tour promises to be bigger — much bigger — than that, say creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“For seven years, [Game of Thrones music composer] Ramin [Djawadi] has been blowing our mind with his music’s force, subtlety, and endless inventiveness. The GoT Concert Experience will be unique in the history of concert tours, an eye-popping, ear-splitting, phantasmagoric blend of the show’s visuals and Ramin’s powerful compositions. We are more excited for it than anyone.”
In other words, it’s going to be huge. How huge? In addition to a full orchestra and choir, concert-goers will be transported to the mythical realms of Westeros and Essos through set design, pyrotechnics, special effects, and video effects projected on a screen. Concert promoter Live Nation has released some concept art, and it looks amazing.
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Some of those visuals projected on the screens will be scenes from the show that have already aired on HBO. Others will be scenes that were specifically shot for the concert tour.
But at the heart of the Game of Thrones concert tour experience will be, of course, the music. Composer Ramin Djawadi, who will be touring along with the musicians on the concert tour, recently told Time Magazine that he hopes that seeing live musicians perform music from the Game of Thrones soundtrack will bring about an emotional response among concert-goers.
Warning: the next paragraph contains minor spoilers, so skip it if you’re behind on the show.
“The idea behind this is to showcase how the music enhances those experiences for the audience. There’s some great, big exciting moments, like for example ‘Mesa,’ which was when Daenerys frees all the slaves and people will remember that very uplifting moment, but then we will perform some of these heartbreaking moments with real musicians. That’s always very special too because when you see live musicians perform music they put their own emotion into it, and you see a violinist and how their body moves. I think that’s so powerful.”
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Concert-goers will also get a rare chance to see obscure instruments featured on the soundtrack played live and in person. One such instrument is an ancient Armenian woodwind instrument called a “duduk.”
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Another spoiler appears in this paragraph: As of this writing, it’s not clear which songs from the GoT repertoire will appear in the concert tour, but you can bet money that the hugely popular, and much-parodied, theme song will be among those featured. The aforementioned “Mesa” is likely to appear, as well as the heartbreaking soundtrack to the infamous “Red Wedding” scene, and music from the much-talked-about scene from last season when beloved character Hodor died.
To see if the Game of Thrones concert tour is coming to your city and to check out ticket prices, you can go to the tour’s official website here.
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