Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by jackrussell, Nov 30, 2006.
I got 2 good seats given to me to see TSO.
Anyone seen them before? Comments?
you got a hell of a gift. if you want to start the xmas season off properly and have one hell of a time watching an "orchestra" play (i'd love to see them live for whatever that is worth) this would be a great part of an evening.
I've never seen them live, but from what I've heard you should leave happy. I definitely enjoy their work.
Crazy, but my mom just asked for this for Christmas. Have no idea who they are. Off to Amazon.com ...
Now that the ringing is out of my ears, I can somewhat relay as to what I experienced from my 7th row seat.
This show brings in folks from 6-60, with a huge devoted following. They tour only from Nov- Christmas, and I'd have to say, considering the production, $45 a seat is a bargain.
The first half of the show deals with a Boris Karloff type narrative (think Grinch) of a Christmas story, punctuated with both traditional and non traditional (Jim Steinman like) Christmas songs. They run a gamut of Christian type music all the way to a Pink Floyd/Van Halen nuts to the wall rock-n-roll and stage show, complete with lasers, fire, snow, and blinding light show. The 2 guys on guitar can grind their axe with the best of them.
Some points during this segment kind of drag, which was probably a relief to the older sect. Once they crank it up, it's an intense delight to the rockers, but may be WAY too much for the Andy Williams crowd.
Once the first half of the show concludes, one of the lead guitar players fills a 5 minute interlude with some dialogue Sam Kinnison like, but clean.
The second half of the show seemed to end up being their way of displaying their abilities, and obvious rock roots. They covered Boston, Eric Clapton(Layla), Emerson Lake & Palmer, and just seemed bent on blowing us all out of the arena. Meat Loaf and Ozzie Osbourne could have been naturals for a guest appearance here.
They did slow it a bit for a Dan Fogleberg type tune, and also an operetic performance by one of their several babe singers, who not only must have been required to have a voice, but also have great legs and blonde hair and look great in evening wear.
They endend the night with a guest performance by Ian Hunter, doing a full blown version of 'Cleveland Rocks'.
It should be noted that they use string sections form the local orchestras in the city they play, and also make a large donation to the Salvation Army.
A good evening, glad I went, and would probably do it again.
I saw them here in DC like 2 years ago and would definately see them again. Like said early, it is a fantastic way to start off the holiday season. They put on a great show and the their light shows are phenominal.
You make me want to see this show. I wonder if they're coming to this area.
I see shows in New Mexico, Dallas, and San Antonio.
After looking at their tour lineup, I'm glad I'm not one of their roadies.
If anyone is considering picking up tickets to any of the shows....I can tell you wait til the week they're playing to buy. They drop alot of good tickets just days before the show, and even day of show. I just logged into today's Pittsburgh show, and 31st row floor seats are available.
thanks for the great review - now i wanna see if i can catcht he dallas show!