The day after Game of Thrones’ first episode, in 2011, creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were already forwarding composer Ramin Djawadi YouTube videos of heavy metal and techno cover versions of his portentous theme.
“I couldn’t believe it,” says Djawadi, 42. The show’s music has only gained pop culture cred since then, and, starting in February, Djawadi will take six seasons’ worth of his compositions on a 28-city North American arena tour (tagline: “Music is coming”). From wacky instruments to onstage snowstorms, here’s how Djawadi and his collaborators will wow hardcore Gamers (and the friends who humor them).
BRING BACK THE GREATEST HITS
“I took all my soundtracks and asked, ‘Which pieces are must-plays?’ ” says Djawadi. The main theme and “The Rains of Castamere” (performed before season three’s infamous Red Wedding) were obvious choices, but Djawadi also selected pieces that would benefit from standing apart from the visual scenes they originally accompanied -- like “Mhysa,” which plays as the newly liberated slaves of Meereen bow to their liberator Daenerys.