Over the years, part of my holiday tradition includes checking out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra show. I have been fortunate enough to see this concert a number of times, and it still continues to blow my mind with the incredible talent that this band brings to the table. Some of those individuals include (All West Coast members): Al Pitrelli, Jeff Scott Soto, Erin Henry, and John Lee Middleton.
This was the first year since around 2000 that I saw the West Coast tour. It was cool to see the similarities in the shows, but yet see how the different line up of musicians bring home the show.
Paul O'Neill the mastermind behind the TSO certainly has an eye and ear for talented musicians. As if it's not hard enough to find individuals for one tour, but imagine trying to find a replica for the opposite side of the country. Paul has done just that, and has kept it very successful over the years. It is still one of the most successful tours of the year and it runs about 4 months for the Christmas season. I am still amazed by the talented musicians and singers every year. I also need to give credit to the people behind the scenes who make this show work for us fans. The pyro and light show are incredible.
Where do you start with a review of this concert? Well it's pretty simple. Go and see this show if you have not done so, and if you have go see it again. The concert is divided into two sections. The first part is what I like to call the story portion of the show, and the second half brings it home with a full on rock show. Don't get me wrong the first portion is a rock show, but it's nothing like the second half.
Not only is the TSO a great concert, but it's something everyone in the family can enjoy. The crowd is always such a mix. You have the young kids (6-7 years old) up to around 65, people in Slayer t-shirts and those who come in dress pants and a tie. It's quite a mix and everyone enjoys it.
The TSO is a great show and a great way to spend some time with the family for the holidays.