Last week, HBO announced a surprise concert event set to happen at the Hollywood Palladium yesterday morning that would feature live music from the Game of Thrones score, and a Q&A between composer Ramin Djawadi and actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright (who plays Bran Stark). They also teased the announcement of "an extension to the Game of Thrones universe," and while I speculated that might be an official reveal of a spin-off show or movie since the series is closing in on its final two seasons, it turns out that the extension is actually a nationwide tour that begins next year featuring Djawadi and his music from the show.
The event is described as “an immersive music and visual experience that will bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on a scale never seen before. Using state-of-the-art technology, Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, along with a full orchestra and choir, will take fans on a musical journey through the realm – from King’s Landing to Winterfell, along the northern stretches of the Kingsroad to The Wall and across the Narrow Sea to Braavos, Meereen and beyond.”
Tickets go on sale at 10am on August 10th, and you can see the full list of cities and dates at the very bottom of this article.
I was able to cover the event, and I took a bunch of photos and videos to share with you. To begin the morning, the USC marching band performed in the parking lot as fans waited in line to get in.
Then everyone was allowed inside where displays were set up highlighting some of the show's costumes and props, along with an interactive Hall of Faces exhibit.
Hempstead-Wright and Djawadi came out and introduced themselves, and spoke very briefly about the tour (Djawadi said they've built a 360 degree stage, so "there won't be a bad seat in the house" if you go to see one of the shows in a city near you) before they left the stage and a conductor and the orchestra came out and played a selection of music from the show. Check out my photos and video below, along with the full list of tour dates.
Here's a video from the sound check:
And the rest of these come from the real performance, which is just a tease of the epic scope of what we'll see when the actual tour begins next year:
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017: Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017: St. Paul, Minnesota, Xcel Energy Center
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017: Chicago, United Center
Monday, Feb. 20, 2017: Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017: Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017: Buffalo, New York, First Niagara Center
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017: Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Washington, DC, Verizon Center
Friday, March 3, 2017: Montreal, Bell Centre
Saturday, March 4, 2017: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
Monday, March 6, 2017: Boston, TD Bank Garden
Tuesday, March 7, 2017: New York, Madison Square Garden
Thursday, March 9, 2017: Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Warner Cable Arena
Saturday, March 11, 2017: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, BB&T Center
Sunday, March 12, 2017: Tampa, Florida, Amalie Arena
Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Atlanta, Philips Arena
Thursday, March 16, 2017: San Antonio, Texas, AT&T Center
Friday, March 17, 2017: Houston, Toyota Center
Sunday, March 19, 2017: Denver, Pepsi Center
Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Salt Lake City, Maverik Center
Thursday, March 23, 2017: Los Angeles, The Forum
Saturday, March 25, 2017: Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, March 26, 2017: Phoenix, TalkingStick Resort Arena
Wednesday, March 29, 2017: San Jose, California, SAP Center
Friday, March 31, 2017: Seattle, Key Arena
Saturday, April 1, 2017: Vancouver, Rogers Arena
Sunday, April 2, 2017: Portland, Oregon, Moda Center