If the music of HBO’s Game of Thrones gives you chills every time the show starts up, then this is for you.
The music of Westeros, Essos and more, led by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, is coming to 28 cities across North America including Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Live Nation and Djawadi are embarking on a six week-long tour that promises an “immersive music and visual experience” using a full orchestra and choir, while favourite scenes from GoT are simultaneously broadcast on LED screens for the audience.
A 360-degree stage design will be used, and new imagery will be created specifically for the tour.
“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,” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said in a statement. “We are more excited for it than anyone.”
Djawadi, who also wrote the Grammy-nominated score for Iron Man, has always championed little-known instruments and vowed to do the same on the Game of Thrones tour, highlighting things like the glass harmonica, duduk and dulcimer.
“I think it will be very exciting and very interesting for the audience to not only hear the music again and have the music experience but also to actually see actual players perform with these instruments that they may not even know what they look like,” he said.
Djawadi, not wanting to reveal too many features, said the stage’s design will employ state-of-the-art technology, and there will be “things happening onstage that will enhance the musical experience.”
The tour promises to introduce live classical music to fans who might not normally want to see an orchestra, something that Djawadi is excited about. “It’ll be a great thing for people to experience this in a live setting with their favourite show attached to it,” he said.
The news of the concert is expected to lift the moods of many fans after HBO confirmed in late July that the show would conclude its television run with its eighth and final season.
Season 7 is expected to air in 2017 and will only have seven episodes, compared to the standard 10. It is yet to be confirmed how many episodes the final season will have.
The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience hits Montreal’s Bell Centre on March 3, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on March 4 and Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on April 1.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 13 on Live Nation.
With files from The Associated Press