This is the first TSO show that I have gone to, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I was well aware of TSO’s ties to the metal band, Savatage before I went to this show, but was not expecting this to be a hard rock show by any means.
In essence, this was like a hard rock show in disguise. It was definitely a Christmas themed show, but it was much, much more than that. This wasn’t an orchestra rehashing the same old Christmas songs that have you listened to 1000 times over the years.
The first half of the show, had a Narrator telling a Christmas story, in between songs. This kind of bored, my wife and I, and I could have done without this portion of the show. Aside from this distraction, the show was pretty amazing. The songs and arrangement played throughout this show, were a unique blend of classical and metal music. It was Christmas songs, redone in a fashion, that only Trans Siberian Orchestra could perform.
The show itself had it all. One of the best light shows I have ever seen live. Tons of pyro, lasers and more.
The stage was lit up in a way that I have not seen before.
Although TSO has many members, a few musicians stole the show. Guitarist (Savatage) Chris Caffery and (ex-Testament) Alex Skolnick were on fire all night. Mark Wood and his flying V, violin was a pleasure to watch as well.
This show had plenty of surprises in store for the concert goers, including a keyboard duel, a second stage in the audience and more.
If you get the chance to experience TSO live, do so. You won’t be disappointed. It is a unique live show that you can’t experience anywhere else. This show was a nice way to close out the great year of live music that 2007 brought to my area.
I was able to take one video at the show (before my camera self destructed), which was the first song of the night, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. Check it out below!
Des Moines, Iowa’s On A Pale Horse, featuring guitarist Josh Brainard (ex-Slipknot) and vocalist Aaron Peltz (ex-Downthesun), are currently streaming the new song A Generation of Vipers on the group’s MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/onapalehorse
“We are previewing a song off the new record every week up until the release on our MySpace,” says vocalist Aaron Peltz. “The first track up for preview that hasn’t been heard yet is the title track of our album.”
On A Pale Horse has set March 4th, 2008 as the release date for their upcoming new album A Generation of Vipers through Corporate Punishment Records. The album was produced by Warren Riker (CROWBAR, DOWN, CATHEDRAL) and executive-produced by SLIPKNOT’s Paul Gray.
The group’s recently released video for “Sound The Alarm” has quickly become one of the hottest videos online at Revver.com, where the video is currently ranked in the Top 40. The video for “Sound The Alarm” can be seen at the following loc ation:
“We did the Sound the Alarm video in like 3 hours with independent filmmaker Thor Moreno and the feedback and curiosity about us so far has been great since we posted it up on Revver.com. It’s nothing flashy which fits us perfectly,” says Peltz. “The footage was shot at our nasty ass practice space and our home base in Des Moines at the House of Bricks. We hadn’t ever made an actual video before so we definitely wanted to get the people that have supported us in on the shoot.”
You can view “Sound the Alarm“, below!
Kip Winger and company are set to hit the road in February. Here are the up and coming tour dates!
Date City Venue
Thu 02/14/08 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
Fri 02/15/08 Toronto, CAN Lee’s Palace
Sat 02/16/08 Depew, NY Rock N’ Roll Heaven
Sun 02/17/08 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Tue 02/19/08 Mechanicsburg, PA Hardware Bar
Wed 02/20/08 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre / Underground
Thu 02/21/08 Wantagh, NY Mulcahy’s
Fri 02/22/08 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
Sat 02/23/08 Cambridge, MA Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
Sun 02/24/08 New York, NY B.B. King’s Blues Club
Thu 02/28/08 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Fri 02/29/08 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
Sat 03/01/08 Detroit, MI Harpo’s Concert Theatre