Music is coming.
Game of Thrones won’t come back to television until next summer, but there’s something to whet your appetite in the mean time. The HBO show’s composer Ramin Djawadi and a full orchestra will tour the US and Canada early next year, performing tracks from the show as part of an “immersive music and visual experience.”
The tour, which starts in Feb. 2017, will hit 25 US cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago, and LA, as well as Canadian cities Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. You can see the full list of cities and dates here. Live concert company Live Nation is producing and promoting the tour. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (Aug. 13).
According to Live Nation, the concerts will use “innovative music tour production and video technology” to recreate the realms of Westeros on giant LED screens and stage designs surrounding the orchestra and choir. The screens will also play select scenes from the show during the performances. Djawadi himself will conduct the orchestra. He confirmed that among the concert’s set list is “The Light of the Seven,” a popular piano motif from the show’s sixth season finale.
Thrones is probably the only current show that could pull this off. There might not be any actual rock stars left, but Game of Thrones is as close to a “rock star” as you can get for a television series. HBO announced in June that 9 million people watched the finale live on TV, and another 15 million watched it streaming online, on-demand, or on DVR recordings. “Light of the Seven” has over 6 million downloads on Spotify. Djawadi has been nominated for an Emmy for his work on Thrones, but has yet to win.
ABC’s hit show Lost, which ended in 2010, is getting a live concert of its own in September, featuring Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino. Battlestar Galactica had a concert series in 2009.
The Thrones concert experience, though, sounds more elaborate than those two—more like when The Lord of the Rings orchestra toured London and New York in 2009, playing the film’s music alongside a live projection of the trilogy’s first movie.
Live Nation announced the Game of Thrones tour yesterday (Aug. 8) at an event in Los Angeles, where the University of Southern California marching band played the show’s iconic theme.