Last night, 8 of us representing Paul Gale Network were at The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary Symphony and man was it an experience! I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the night. From the beginning, just walking up to the historic Pantages Theater and seeing huge Zelda banners outside, to the end when I met up with Jason Mahaffa, a great friend of mine from Nintendo (and of course we had to take a new picture)…it was night I’ll never forget.

Paul Gale at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Concert
The Pantages Theater was an excellent choice to host The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony.

The Pantages itself looked very elegant, Nintendo had different demos set up for fans to play Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time 3D, and Four Swords Anniversary Edition, and what made me most happy: standing in line with hundreds of other 3DS-holding fans, waiting to buy some memorabilia.

The concert itself was terrific and Nintendo even handed out a very cool looking program to go along with the music for the night. We were treated to Eiji Aonuma and Bill Trinen on stage, the show’s conductor (Eimear Noone), and 14 songs played in two parts. And then when you thought things were over (and never think things just “end” at a Nintendo event), Big N brought out Koji Kondo to an enormous ovation and he played a special piece on the piano. But wait, there was more as Nintendo decided that yes, we have all of these memories from past Zelda games…but that it’s time to make some new ones, so we got a 16th piece at the end, with music from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

It was also my pleasure to talk once again with Jen; a person from NOA that helped out at E3 2011 quite a bit. And finally, a couple of other highlights for me were getting interviewed by Nintendo before the show started and then meeting the producer afterwards, with him asking to interview me again…this time in 3D. 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity. It was my pleasure!

Now that was my personal reflection from the event and from your e-mails, I gather that some of you LA locales got to go as well and also loved it. I really do wish for all of you that have the opportunity to attend, to please do so if future events become available in your area. If you’re a fan of Nintendo’s, of Zelda, or of good music and spectacular ambiance, you’ll be in for a real treat.

Zelda, here’s to you and 25 more years of your legend continuing. Oh and if I end up being on or even 3DS, I’ll definitely let you know!

Jason Mahaffa at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Concert on Paul Gale Network
Paul Gale and Jason Mahaffa at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Concert

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