Jun 14 - The 'Game of Thrones' Live Concert Experience

June 14, 2018.

Yesterday I got to see Ramin Djawadi conduct "Game of Thrones Live" at Wembley SSE Arena. I'm a pretty big fan - I was at the premiere of Season 5 outside the Tower of London... and I even own 6/7ths of the soundtracks!

Here's how it went down (commentary pending):

 Feel free to sit on the chair at the back of the stage. It's really REALLY uncomfortable.

Feel free to sit on the chair at the back of the stage. It's really REALLY uncomfortable.

  "I gotta be honest with you - with the screen playing in the background you're going to see a lot of spoilers if you're not fully up to date with the show..."

"I gotta be honest with you - with the screen playing in the background you're going to see a lot of spoilers if you're not fully up to date with the show..."

 I can't quite believe what I'm seeing (my seat is at the far end of the SSE).... but 'Rains of Castamere' is a pretty great tune.

I can't quite believe what I'm seeing (my seat is at the far end of the SSE).... but 'Rains of Castamere' is a pretty great tune.

 Cover your kids' eyes, parents - this isn't Avengers-level violence (though, weirdly, the death toll is considerably smaller than Infinity War....)

Cover your kids' eyes, parents - this isn't Avengers-level violence (though, weirdly, the death toll is considerably smaller than Infinity War....)

 I couldn't quite photograph it properly in the lighting, but this is a circular organ being played by Ramin Djawadi.

I couldn't quite photograph it properly in the lighting, but this is a circular organ being played by Ramin Djawadi.

  "Don't worry, folks. It's all part of the show.... (pssst.....hey Barry.... is this part of the show, right??)"  It coincided with the music for the Battle of Kings Landing, so I'm guessing so...

"Don't worry, folks. It's all part of the show.... (pssst.....hey Barry.... is this part of the show, right??)" It coincided with the music for the Battle of Kings Landing, so I'm guessing so...

  "You're welcome. And thank you for your concern - most of the mist has cleared and I can breathe normally again"

"You're welcome. And thank you for your concern - most of the mist has cleared and I can breathe normally again"

  "Yeah I play circular organs. Who doesn't?"

"Yeah I play circular organs. Who doesn't?"

 Dragons. So hot right now... . .. not as hot as unicorns, mind you, but still hot.

Dragons. So hot right now...
... not as hot as unicorns, mind you, but still hot.

  "I'm not going to paper over it... a lot of people have died in this series so far. But it's still kind of awesome"

"I'm not going to paper over it... a lot of people have died in this series so far. But it's still kind of awesome"

  "Well... good luck outrunning those Ed Sheeran fans, whose concert nextdoor at Wembley Stadium is scheduled to end about the same time as we are..."

"Well... good luck outrunning those Ed Sheeran fans, whose concert nextdoor at Wembley Stadium is scheduled to end about the same time as we are..."

 Fine... I'll stay for the encore. I'll back myself to outrun those fans of Ed Sheeran.

Fine... I'll stay for the encore. I'll back myself to outrun those fans of Ed Sheeran.

 "Catch ya next time - we'll be at the private bar, and you'll be on the way to the tube station trying to get home". It's 10:45pm and I assume I'll be home maybe around 1am....

"Catch ya next time - we'll be at the private bar, and you'll be on the way to the tube station trying to get home". It's 10:45pm and I assume I'll be home maybe around 1am....

After that the concert had kind of a 'closing credits' In Memoriam section of all the dearly (or not-so-dearly) departed characters of the show in the 7 seasons shown so far.... (note : it went on for MANY minutes, and I didn't photograph all of them)

 Two Starks, a Khal... and a stableboy.

Two Starks, a Khal... and a stableboy.

 Alas, poor 'Biter' - he left us far too soon.  (Joffrey got a lot of cheers of good humour... the ones for Oberyn and Ygritte were more muted)

Alas, poor 'Biter' - he left us far too soon.
(Joffrey got a lot of cheers of good humour... the ones for Oberyn and Ygritte were more muted)

 Ah....Ramsey Bolton. That death scene of his could have been half an hour longer and I wouldn't have minded. And...  sniff...  HODOR ....

Ah....Ramsey Bolton. That death scene of his could have been half an hour longer and I wouldn't have minded. And... sniff... HODOR....

 LOL - she killed the whole house. THE WHOLE HOUSE.

LOL - she killed the whole house. THE WHOLE HOUSE.

So... that was all kinds of excellent. And once we left, and battled out way through the throngs of crowds from not one but TWO concerts, and got on a tube where holding onto rails wasn't necessary as the sheer overcrowding kept people upright... and after I got my train on the World's Worst Train Service <TM>.... I had to admit it was totally worth it.

Can't wait for the next one!

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