Experience Westeros with the “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience

By Joe Buda

Las Vegas Informer

Photo credit: Barry Brecheisen

The world of Westeros came to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand in a large scale touring production of the “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience.

The experience recreates George R.R. Martin’s world in amazing detail. The show is huge and features a transforming stage, 807 linear feet of video walls, 136 speakers, choreographed pyrotechnics and a full orchestra.

The music takes center stage in this experience as “Game of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi leads the audience on a musical and visual journey throughout the first six seasons of the hit HBO show.

Djawadi’s music really came to life as it was superimposed throughout various clips of the television program.  “Game of Thrones” would not be the powerhouse it is today without the music of Djawadi. This is apparent throughout the show. As a “Game of Thrones fan,” I always felt the music added something. I never knew just how expansive the music library was that Djawadi created.

Special guest performances were the icing on the musical cake.  Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, performed “The Rains of Castamere,” which was featured in the episode of the same name, the infamous episode with the Red Wedding.

Djawadi spent three years to create this concert experience and the time was well spent due to the attention to detail that was incorporated into each scene.

Favorite, and non-favorite moments alike, are recreated in a multimedia spectacular that featured live performances, video clips, a transforming stage and, yes, fire. The fire was a pleasant surprise as it was timed perfectly to the clips being shown and, in a few cases, aligned perfectly where the fire was on the video screen.

Two of my personal favorites were the recreations of the Battle of the Bastards and the Battle of Meereen. The music is the star of these battles and it shows here. The gripping realism became audience participation when many of the people present shouted, “Zig Zag Rickon!”

While the big scale events are recreated with chilling perfection, the concert does an amazing job of using all it has at its disposal to showcase the personal tales as well. Arya Stark’s story arc from youngest daughter to cold-blooded killer seeking vengeance is amazingly personal considering how large this production is.

It does not matter whether or not you have seen “Game of Thrones” before. This concert is for everyone, and it is a great way to catch up on the show or relive your favorite memories.

For a few hours at the MGM Grand  the world of Westeros seemed bigger yet more personal all at the same time.

For more information on the “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience please visit the Game of Thrones Concert website.

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