I had an opportunity to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday, Dec. 12. I'd heard a couple TSO songs in the past and was vaguely familiar with them. But seeing a live performance was absolutely mind-blowing.
This is the 15th year the group has toured and, in celebration, they gave an encore performance of their rock opera "The Lost Christmas Eve," the third in a TSO Christmas trilogy. The story is one of loss and redemption, and the music is phenomenal, as are the lighting and stage effects.
The backdrop started as The Grand Hotel and morphed into a blues bar, a toy store, a hospital, a castle or jail, and a church at various times. The outline stayed basically the same, but the colors and sense of texture changed. Signs, balconies, curtains and wrought-iron bars were some features that changed the "building's" appearance.
Lights pulsed in more colors than a rainbow boasts, moving to the music in every direction, blinding the audience at times. Sabers of colored light constantly cut through the darkened fieldhouse. Other lights swirled, for example, giving the impression of flowing curtains in the "windows" of the backdrop.
Fog seeped onto the stage and into the crowd. "Snow" glittered and fluttered in the air. During some songs flames shot up from the stage as if from cannons, the heat reaching us at our floor seats near center court.
Early in the show, my cousin Toni, who attended with me, leaned over and said with a laugh, "I don't know where to look first."
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.