The National performs Rains of Castamere from Game of Thrones

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The National performed a rendition of ‘The Rains of Castamere’ at a ‘Game of Thrones’ concert

He brought the song to the screen before.


Michelle Jaworski


For more than a month now, Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has been traveling across the U.S. and Canada as part of a 28-city Game of Thrones concert tour. While he has a small group of musicians who travel with him along with a new orchestra every night, a recent show featured a special guest whose voice many fans will recognize.

During many of the concerts, Djawadi and his orchestra performed “The Rains of Castamere” with Stevvi Alexander on vocals, before airing the Red Wedding scene in its entirety. But at his Las Vegas stop the National’s Matt Berninger—whose rendition of the Lannister tune played during the credits of season 2’s “Blackwater”—came to the stage. Berninger’s version struck a chord back then as it played in the backdrop of the Lannisters’ victory, warning us of what the Lannisters were capable of, and it’s just as haunting even now.

He’s not the only guest singer who came out to perform “The Rains of Castamere.” A few days ago, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian took the stage.

Croon as they might, Berninger and Tankian are at least uninvolved in the bloodshed ahead—unlike a certain Coldplay drummer.

H/T Vulture

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