The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience kicks off in just a few days, and promoter Live Nation just released a new video to Facebook showing off some of the show’s vaunted pyrotechnics in action. Check it out!
As the video tells us, this project has been in development for years. It looks like all the planning has paid off. I enjoyed the shot of the wildfire springing up from the floor around the 0:48 second mark, although it’s got to be hard for the organist to concentrate. I also love the image of the violinist playing under what looks like a gnarl of wierwood branches around 0:57. HBO has gone all out for this.
The Concert Experience’s first stop will be in Minneapolis this Monday. Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi will travel with the show throughout North America.
Speaking of Djawadi, he gave an interview to the Chicago Tribune where he teased what fans can expect at the performance. Let’s his some of the highlights.
- On the set-up: “There’s one main stage, which is the King’s Landing stage, then there’s six satellite stages. It looks really cool.”
- The show will include pyrotechnic special effects and “a virtual snowstorm” that the Tribune thinks may be the program’s most spectacular set piece. “The idea was always to have the music be the focal point,” says Djawadi, “but what’s so great about ‘Game of Thrones’ is there’s all these other aspects with the characters and locations. … The idea is that you get immersed in the pieces, and you feel like you’re there with the characters. You see the musicians play, but it takes you back to the show.
- As the video above shows, the concert experience is very complicated, and things may — nay, will — go wrong. Best to embrace it. “It’s live, so will there be mistakes? Possibly, but that’s what playing live is all about,” Djawadi said. “It’s such an undertaking, because there’s so many technical aspects of the show. Obviously the music has to (sync) with the picture, and this musician has to be in position here — and it’s a lot, because we want to give the audience something different. I hope the audience will enjoy it even if there’s a slight mistake here or there, because it can happen.”
- Don’t expect any teases for season 7. “I don’t get the scripts,” Djawadi said. “I don’t get to see anything until I start working on it, and I haven’t yet.” He’s more hopeful about a guest appearance from one of the cast members, though. “They’re certainly invited. I’m hoping we might have a surprise guest here and there, but I can’t confirm it.”
Below is the compete concert schedule. Tickets can be purchased here.
- 2/20: Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
- 2/22: Chicago, IL – United Center
- 2/23: Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
- 2/25: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
- 2/26: Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
- 3/01: Washington, DC – Verizon Center
- 3/03: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
- 3/04: Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
- 3/06: Boston, MA – TD Bank Garden
- 3/07: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
- 3/09: Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
- 3/11: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
- 3/12: Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
- 3/14: Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
- 3/16: San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
- 3/17: Houston, TX – Toyota Center
- 3/19: Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
- 3/23: Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
- 3/25: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
- 3/26: Phoenix, AZ – TalkingStick Resort Arena
- 3/29: San Jose, CA – SAP Center
- 3/31: Seattle, WA – Key Arena
- 4/1: Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
- 4/2: Portland, OR – Moda Center