George R. R. Martin to host a Game of Thrones special benefit concert with Ramin Djawadi!

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Last month, we reported that Ramin Djawadi‘s Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience was returning for a second North American tour. If that wasn’t exciting enough, today George R. R. Martin announced he would host an additional date for his hometown of Santa Fe!

The special event will benefit Martin’s Stagecoach Foundation – a nonprofit “dedicated to eliminating the opportunity and wealth gap for New Mexicans in the film and television industry through free training and workforce development facilitated by film and television professionals.” Martin posted the news to his Twitter account; check out the video below.

Martin also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the event, saying, “We’re a relatively small town and it should be a beautiful place to have the show. This will be the first time the show has come to New Mexico. I’ll play the host role to some extent. And it benefits my Stagecoach Foundation which provides education and opportunities and training for local youth, particularly disenfranchised groups…Ramin’s been amazing from the very first season and [his hire] was one of the great decisions [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] made right from the beginning.”

The concert will be held at the Santa Fe Opera on September 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Presale tickets will be available beginning tomorrow, June 25th at 10 am MDT. Sales to the general public start at 10 am MDT on June 28th.

You can purchase tickets here.

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    1. Aaaaaand…bashing of George doing anything whatsoever other than working 24/7 on Winds incoming in 3…2…1…

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    2. What a great cause to hold a benefit for. Kudos to George for giving back and to Ramin Djawadi as well. George is correct when he states that this one of the best decisions D&D made.

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    3. Firannion:
      Aaaaaand…bashing of George doing anything whatsoever other than working 24/7 on Winds incoming in 3…2…1…

      I imagine you’re still waiting for one of those George bashing moment, wait no longer, it’s all very nice what he is doing, but it’s not about working 24/7, it’s about getting this piece of work finished in a time frame that spans less than a decade, so with all the projects and other work he is doing, video games? Other tv shows, the prequel etc, how realistic is it that he’s getting winds out before 2021 lol? A decade to release one book is an extremely extravagant amount of time.

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    4. Dane,

      I’ve said this before. For GRRM and ASOIAF, the thrill is gone – especially now that the show has supplied an ending. His muse has left him for good. That’s why he’s busy with other projects that interest him. (All of which is fine with me; at this point in his life he should be taking his victory laps and having fun spending his money, and stop stressing about finishing The Winds of Winter. My only regret is that it would’ve been nice if he’d contributed a few scripts for the show’s latter seasons. I thought his scripts during S1 and S2 were among the best.)

      Enjoy B.B. sing about it, if you’re so inclined…

      🎵”The thrill is gone
      It’s gone away from me
      The thrill is gone baby
      The thrill is gone away from me…”🎶

      “The Thrill is Gone” – B.B. King
      [Songwriters: Rick Darnell / Roy Hawkins (1951)]

      Live with Eric Clapton 2010

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTlB-TjAzM

      Original recording 1969:

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    5. mau,

      Well, currently the fandom is on his side. Even if he never finishes the series, I’m sure D&D will still get the bulk of the blame. If he does finish the series, though, and makes the same “mistakes” D&D made, the fandom will turn on him just as quickly.

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    6. Try not to lump the entire fandom into this. Plenty of people who watched GoT are toxic, but I wouldn’t call them fans in the first place. Many people are respectful and reasonable.

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    7. I think whatever goodwill was left to D&D has continued to decline after they put ONLY themselves up for the writing Emmy award. (Yes, this is a weak Emmy year and so they will probably win it.)

      GRRM seems to be slow in producing his books but I would hope he shows more generosity to his work colleagues – he seems to have so many.

      Yes, I think he has lost interest in this story. He could still try to complete it, however. No matter how hurried or abbreviated, it cannot be worse than what we saw on the screen. No matter how incompetent you are, it is very hard to leave a stray coffee up in a book!

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    8. Mango,

      I’m not sure how it works, but does HBO make the submissions or do D&D?

      Considering the convoluted mess Martin made in Feast and Dance, I have no reason to believe that his remaining books are going to be better. Every season of the show were better than AFFC/ADWD.

      As for the coffee cup, that speaks volumes about the fandom, not the show.

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    9. Young Dragon:
      Mango,

      I’m not sure how it works, but does HBO make the submissions or do D&D?

      Considering the convoluted mess Martin made in Feast and Dance, I have no reason to believe that his remaining books are going to be better. Every season of the show were better than AFFC/ADWD.

      As for the coffee cup, that speaks volumes about the fandom, not the show.

      Really? HBO regularly does multiple nominations in every category. GOT is not their only show in competition and you can see how they do nominations for all their productions. From their corporate perspective, why would HBO not put in the writers for their best-received episodes? Do you think that HBO did not see the critics and press feedback? The industry (who votes for the Emmy feedback) would be bit different and less visible. (Let us not get into the fan response!). Anyway, from my understanding of the business, D&D has the major say in the matter for GOT and are the critical (though not sole) decision makers

      Not all GRRMs books are great – some could be said to be quite weak. As for GOT, the seasons that were tied to the book were well-structured and the storytelling better than the later seasons. GRRM was also more involved in the earlier seasons. D&D seemed to do a decent job with adaptations. This may be their forte.

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    10. Mango,

      For the Emmys, HBO doesn’t care about critical feedback, they care about which episode is most likely to win. D&D have been nominated for writing multiple times and won twice. How many times have Dave Hill or Bryan Cogman been nominated? If they made their submissions based on critical feedback, “Winterfell” would have been the episode they chose and I don’t see that episode getting nominated. For me, it was the weakest of the season.

      I disagree. Season 1 had great pacing, but the pacing was off for seasons 2 and 3. For me, Seasons 1, 4, 6, and 8 had the best pacing, which is why they are in my top 4. They both did a terrific job in moving the story forward when Martin failed to deliver.

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    11. Young Dragon:
      Mango,

      For the Emmys, HBO doesn’t care about critical feedback, they care about which episode is most likely to win. D&D have been nominated for writing multiple times and won twice. How many times have Dave Hill or Bryan Cogman been nominated? If they made their submissions based on critical feedback, “Winterfell” would have been the episode they chose and I don’t see that episode getting nominated. For me, it was the weakest of the season.

      I disagree. Season 1 had great pacing, but the pacing was off for seasons 2 and 3. For me, Seasons 1, 4, 6, and 8 had the best pacing, which is why they are in my top 4. They both did a terrific job in moving the story forward when Martin failed to deliver.

      I am not suggesting that D&D should decline to submit their entry. Just that they were the ONLY submission – largely by their own hand.

      You are such a fan of D&D! Considering their relatively short TV careers, they must have won your loyal affections quite quickly – good for you and them!

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