On Saturday, December 12th, I went to see the mighty Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This type of a show only rolls around once a year, during Christmas time. A heavy metal Christmas show may sound like a bizarre concept, but the Orchestra pulled it off with grace. Telling the story of an angel who watches a young girl reunited with her father in Russia, the first half of the concert was a new take on classic Christmas favorites. “Carol of the Bells,” “The Nutcracker Suite,” “Hark the Herald Angels,” and some original songs. It was quite a show. However, the standout performer on stage was Alex Scolnick, of Testament. He is truly an amazing guitar player. His half-jazz, half-shred style of playing is really great. After the first half, the main composer came on stage and promised a special treat at the end of the show.
The band then played their new album, “Night Castle.” A darker, non-Christmas album, the show launched into what it did best: pyrotechnics and lasers. An epileptics nightmare, the show was full of explosions and flashing lights. The end of the show did have the special treat… The band brought on…Joe Walsh! The famous Eagle preformed “Life’s Been Good To Me So Far” and “Rocky Mountain Way.” The show ended with a reprise of “Carol of the Bells.” The show was an amazing way to start the countdown to Christmas.