'Game of Thrones' Concert Series Coming to 28 U.S. Cities

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Sophie Turner as Sansa on 'Game of Thrones'

The immersive arena tour has been "a couple of years in the planning."

The music of HBO’s Game of Thrones will bring the world of Westeros to 28 cities throughout the U.S. starting in February.

The arena tour, which starts Feb. 15 at Kansas City’s Spring Center, will feature the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi, conducting an 80-piece orchestra and choir through some of the series’ best-loved themes on a 360-degree stage. Elements of the fantasy epic will come alive during the concert through LED telescoping and wall screens and special 3D designs that will rise from the stage floor.

“It’s been a couple of years in the planning,” Djawadi told Billboard. “We really wanted to make it a special event. We wanted it to be an immersive experience so that when you’re walking into the [arena], you are in Westeros.”

The show broke the news Monday at a fan event at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles with several hundred fans in attendance, some of them dressed as characters from the Emmy Award-winning show.

Kicked off by USC’s marching band performing the Game of Thrones theme, the event included a replica of the famous Iron Throne, which fans could sit on for a photo opportunity, as well as a Hall of Faces exhibit and several costumes from characters such as Jaqen and Ayra.

Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark on the series, conducted a Q&A with Djawadi, followed by a 32-piece orchestra playing a 12-minute selection of music from Thrones before an appreciative audience. Djawadi told Wright the idea for the tour came after the show’s producers brought up how much they would love to see the music performed live. “It’s a big, emotional, dramatic show,” said Djawadi. “It will be nice to see real musicians play those themes and remind us of some of the characters that we’ve lost throughout the season,” he said, referring to the show’s high body count.

Live Nation will promote the outing in partnership with HBO Global licensing. With six months to go, a number of decisions are still being made, including how many musicians will travel with the show and how many will be hired in each town. “The soloists will definitely travel with me,” said Djawadi. “We’ll see if all [the musicians] travel with me or we pick them up in different cities.”

Wright is thrilled that the music is getting its own spotlight. “It speaks volumes about the quality of the music and the show that it moves people,” he told Billboard. “The fact that the music is reaching its own kind of level is fantastic.” Djawadi added that Wright is “a fantastic pianist, so I’ve been working on him joining the band.”

Tickets for the tour go on sale Saturday via LiveNation.com.

Before the fans can see Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, they will be able to buy a special three-disc gatefold vinyl edition of the music from the recently completed season 6, which includes a custom laser etching on the vinyl. Due out Sept. 30 via WaterTower Music, the set will sell for $34.98 and includes “Light of the Seven,” a memorable theme that introduced the piano to the Game of Thrones musical world and became such a fan favorite that it charted on both iTunes and Spotify around the world. The music has already come out digitally and on CD.

GAME OF THRONES LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE
All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Kansas City, Mo.
Sprint Center


Friday, Feb. 17
St. Paul, Minn.
Xcel Energy Center


Sunday, Feb. 19
Chicago, Ill.
United Center


Monday, Feb. 20
Detroit, Mich.
Palace of Auburn Hills


Wednesday, Feb. 22
Columbus, Ohio
Nationwide Arena


Thursday, Feb. 23
Buffalo, N.Y.
First Niagara Center


Saturday, Feb. 25
Uncasville, Conn.
Mohegan Sun


Sunday, Feb. 26
Philadelphia, Pa.
Wells Fargo Center


Wednesday, March 1
Washington, D.C.
Verizon Center


Friday, March 3
Montreal
Bell Centre


Saturday, March 4
Toronto
Air Canada Centre


Monday, March 6
Boston, Mass.
TD Bank Garden


Tuesday, March 7
New York, N.Y.
Madison Square Garden


Thursday, March 9
Charlotte, N.C.
Time Warner Cable Arena


Saturday, March 11
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
BB&T Center


Sunday, March 12
Tampa, Fla.
Amalie Arena


Tuesday, March 14
Atlanta, Ga.
Philips Arena


Thursday, March 16
San Antonio, Texas
AT&T Center


Friday, March 17
Houston, Texas
Toyota Center


Sunday, March 19
Denver, Colo.
Pepsi Center


Tuesday, March 21
Salt Lake City, Utah
Maverik Center


Thursday, March 23
Los Angeles, Calif.
The Forum


Saturday, March 25
Las Vegas, N.V.
MGM Grand Garden Arena


Sunday, March 26
Phoenix, Ariz.
TalkingStick Resort Arena


Wednesday, March 29
San Jose, Calif.
SAP Center


Friday, March 31
Seattle, Wash.
Key Arena


Saturday, April 1
Vancouver
Rogers Arena


Sunday, April 2
Portland, Ore.
Moda Center 

This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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