Live Band Of The Month: Trans-Siberian Orchestra


Watching Trans-Siberian Orchestra live in person is something I will never forget! I entered to win free tickets to the event through Live Nation's Facebook just for fun and turns out I was lucky enough to attend their December 12th performance absolutely free of charge! I even got my first glimpse of Orlando's brand new State of The Art Amway Center!

Full of lasers, pyrotechnics and tons of fog, TSO fully embrace their audience by engulfing them full circle...mind, body and soul.

The group's beginnings trace all the way back to 1993 when Paul O'Neil  brought TSO together to create an ambitious project. "The whole idea was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who... but take it way, way further."

He took his idea to to Atlantic Records and they offered to finance O'Neil's vision leading to TSO's debut release, "Christmas Eve And Other Stories". "We were very fortunate. It was one of the only labels left that still did an 'old school' kind of artist development," and this is where the concept of Christmas came in, "My original concept was; We were going to do six rock operas, a trilogy about Christmas and maybe one or two regular albums."

Since hitting the road in 1999, the group have toured annually every Winter. TSO's elaborate live shows have won them the title of "top touring artists of the past decade" and have catered to 7 million fans resulting in $280 million dollars in concert tickets sold.

O'Neil wanted to make their show as amazing as possible, and it is this that has been accomplished. “We have, two stages -- with pyro, light and lasers -- on both sides of the arena, as well as in the crowd and the best sound we can find...There's no second-class seats at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show. I want people to walk out of our shows speechless and...still not believing what they have seen was possible."

On the subject of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's longevity, Paul truly feels honored that they've been around a very long time. "I feel lucky that it's gone this long and that we get to do what we love for a living. The arts have incredible power, and with that comes incredible responsibility. Someone once said that if you want to change the world, don't become a politician -- write a book, write a great song. I believe in that, and that's what Trans-Siberian Orchestra is about."

All of this rang very true as far as the concert itself goes. Never has Nimrod God nor I seen ridiculously huge laser displays, two stages and such an entrancing show the likes of what we experienced that night.

Descending from the ceiling, three of TSO's members arrived in their sharpest suits with their respective instruments in hand, ready to give the crowd an amazing show. The set instantly turned into a strobe light, fog frenzy and mellowed out to let their storyteller narrate their enchanting Christmas story.

Involving theatrical elements such as choirs, talented soloists, energetic dancers and some heavy electric guitars this was not your ordinary holiday show. Delving into Beethoven, Trans-Siberian Orchestra proved to even the most cynical that classical music can indeed be Rock n' Roll!!

My most favorite part of the set was at the very end when the whole thing explodes into a party with fireworks, pyro, lasers and absolutely plenty of crowd involvement!

We know all this all sounds pretty awesome, so we took pictures and videos to prove it which will be posted later on.

Favorite Songs:

  • "Sarajevo"
  • "Mozart And Memories"
  • "Wizards in Winter"

Upcoming Tour:

  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be touring throughout the month of December ending on the 30th in Scottrade, Missouri. If you haven't caught these guys yet, you really have no idea what you're missing! If they have already gone through your home town, believe us, we will let you know next year when the 2011 dates are announced!

To give you a taste of their music, here is a video that has been passed along over the internet that you may have already seen and not even realize that it was TSO playing! (BTW, yes, this is a real house)