Nothing says Christmas like tinny old recordings on repeat in the mall and tired sleigh bells, right?
Wrong. At least where Trans-Siberian Orchestra is concerned. These long hair-tossing, chord-jamming fiends are best known for their reinvention of Christmas music, turning it into rock operas and incorporating laser light shows and pyrotechnics.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, aka TSO, has been wowing audiences around the world since 1999, and is one of Billboard's Top 25 Touring Artists of the last decade. With a touring lineup of 17 vocalists, five keyboardists, four guitarists, two bassists, two drummers, two violinists and one narrator, the group sounds like a recitation of the "Twelve Days of Christmas." But rest assured that if TSO performed that song, it would include thrashing guitars.
TSO will perform Christmas Eve and Other Stories, in Boise on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in its entirety with narration. Christmas Eve and Other Stories mixes holiday classics like "O Come All Ye Faithful," "O Holy Night" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with original compositions. It will also include excerpts from Gutter Ballet and The New York Blues Express, an upcoming rock musical.
Even if you're a grinch and Christmas music isn't your thing, don't count TSO out. The mix of classical, progressive-rock and heavy-metal elements appeals to a wide audience. Trans-Siberian Orchestra's version of Christmas is hardly another grown woman croaking through, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and it's hardly cutesy.