Game of Thrones Music: How Did So Many Rock Stars Get Involved?
Rock stars aren’t so different from the rest of us. They put their pants on one leg at a time, they pay their taxes (most of the time), and, apparently, they’re obsessed with Game of Thrones. How else could one explain the various famous band members who’ve popped up on the show in the past couple of seasons?
As Vulture reports, it all began when showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff asked the band The National if they would record a full-length version of Lannister anthem, “The Rains of Castamere” for GoT’s Season 2's epic "Blackwater" episode. They did. After that, the duo approached the band The Hold Steady for a version of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” and they also obliged. After that, the floodgates opened, with musicians Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Will Champion of Coldplay actually asking to appear on the show.
Benioff tells Vulture, “Gary came to visit the set because he lives in Northern Ireland — he asked us if he could just come on. And Will came to us and asked the same thing, and we said, ‘Of course! We need a drummer for a big scene.’”
Also, following The Hold Steady’s contribution to the show, Weiss and Benioff invited the band to appear on a future episode. Lead singer Tad Kubler reveals, “They said, ‘We'll give you a sword, and put you in a hallway somewhere, but I'll see if they can write a cameo for us where we're playing in a pub, and I've got a mandolin, which is one of my least favorite instruments, but hey.”
The show has since been approached by a growing number of bands, including, Soundgarden, Garbage, the Shins, Band of Horses, Sun Kil Moon, and Portugal. The Man. So get used to seeing and hearing rock bands on GoT, because there’s a musical revolution happening in Westeros, and the revolution will be televised!
Learn more about how Game of Thrones' rock music connections started here.