George R.R. Martin explains how The Grateful Dead influenced ‘Game Of Thrones’

US band are among author's favourites and helped him write early novels

Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has revealed that The Grateful Dead[/a] are among his biggest influences.

The writer, whose fantasy novels have been adapted into the hugely successful HBO drama, explained how The Grateful Dead inspire him in a new interview with Billboard.

In the interview, Martin said he was “certainly a fan of the Grateful Dead,” adding that “My wife Paris is perhaps more of a fan of the Grateful Dead than I am.” Martin then went on to say the the band influenced his early novel The Armageddon Rag the most and that the Weirwood trees familiar to readers and viewers tacce their name from Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

“I have Grateful Dead lyrics rattling around in my head all the time,” Martin says. “‘Ripple’ is one of my favorite songs of all time… [quoting the song] ‘There is a road, no simple highway.'”

It was recently rumoured that The Grateful Dead will tour with John Mayer as part of the band after their upcoming farewell gigs.

The rumours follow news that The Grateful Dead will reform for three 50th anniversary shows in July with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. The gigs will take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field, where the band’s last performance with Jerry Garcia took place on July 1995. Garcia died the following month of a heart attack during his stay at a drug rehabilitation facility in California. The remainder of the band: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, have not performed live under the name since, instead touring as ‘The Dead’ or ‘The Other Ones’.