Posted on May 30, 2012 AT 12:23am
Those of you going to E3 this year are in for a special treat. Video Games Live, the musical performance that brings several of gaming’s most iconic soundtracks to the orchestral stage is continuing its eight year long tradition of giving LA one hell of a show on June 6th. Alongside the usual fan favorites such as Halo, Sonic, and Castlevania tracks, attendees will also get to see the live premiers from titles such as Skyrim, Journey, Diablo III, and the Mists of Pandaria. The original composers to these tracks will be making appearances and performing on stage with over 110 musicians to ensure this VGL is one to remember.
If that isn’t enough to get fans of video game music to buy a ticket, a variety of YouTube musicians will also be performing on the stage. America’s Got Talent finalist Lindsey Stirling will perform her Legend of Zelda Medley in front of a live audience. The video game pianist Martin Leung will once again take the VGL stage to debut his new piano arrangement of several classic Rare Software favorites like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. “Flute Link” Laura Intravia will also be returning to perform the 25th Anniversary Zelda Medley with the symphony along with her new Mario Medley. Lastly, heavy metal guitarist Mike “Viking Jesus” Niemietz will rock the stage with the world premiere of his metal rendition of Star Fox.
If for some odd reason the video game music played by a live symphony isn’t enough of a reason to go to this show, VGL still has a few tricks to get your attention. Industry legends from around the world are set to appear on stage or at the post-show meet & greet which is free of charge to all ticket holders. A few of the legends set to attend are Takashi Iizuka, Russell Brower, Christopher Tin, and Al Lowe who will be performing the theme of Leisure Suit Larry on the saxophone.
Video Games Live has always been an interactive show and this year they are taking that connection to a higher level. Before, randomly chosen audience members would appear on stage to play a game while the orchestra provides the soundtrack. Now though, VGL will allow audience members to help chose the setlist during the show itself by texting and using their Smart Phones. A real-time meter is set to measure which game is the most popular choice at the time, deciding what will be played.
Those who are attending the show will also be treated to incredible door prize give-a-ways from Samsung, AMD, and Intel. These items will be awarded on stage during the show to the lucky ticket holders. As always, the pre-show costume contest will is still set to go before the fun begins.
VGL has been delighting fans for ten years now and after attending one of the events in Canada two years ago, I can safely say this is an experience you don’t want to miss. Video Games Live has something for everyone, no matter the age or genre of gaming you prefer, this is something that you must see. The E3 showing of VGL has always been something special and they are pulling out all the stops for this one. If ever there was a Video Games Live to attend, this would be the one!
Tickets are on sale now and they range from $25-$75 in value, a limited amount of VIP backstage packages are also available here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2C004867DA6F51E9?brand=aeglive at Ticketmaster.
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