Sunday, November 12, 2006


I had to make a new word to convey my thoughts of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's concert Wednesday night. It was frantabulous! Excellent music delivery, extensive lighting and laser effects, and fireballs. Tell me, how can a concert go wrong when fireballs are included? I could watch a K Fed concert if it included synchronized fireballs going in the background. Maybe I’m part insect, I’m just drawn to bright flashy lights…I digress.

Upon arrival, we were met with big warning signs that strobe lights will be used. That would have been really useful information to have known when I ordered tickets since my mom gets massive migraines from strobe lighting. Mom spent a decent chunk of the concert covering her eyes to not get sick when the strobes were in use. Luckily, it wasn’t too often, and she had no ill effects.

For ordering four consecutive seats a week before the show, I couldn’t have asked for better ones. Kris was really happy that we had an aisle seat, so he didn't have to keep his legs folded for three hours. :) I was actually pretty glad I wasn’t able to get floor tickets as, you know, it’s a floor and not staggered in height so short folk like me couldn’t see squat. We were seated in the lower level a few sections in front of a massive stack of amps. One of these days I’ll learn to take earplugs to rock concerts so I can actually hear after them.

“Sissy, don’t put that picture on the internet!” Oops. Here’s Chelsea before the concert.

The first half of the concert consisted entirely of their album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” including an excellent narrator who presented the story found in that concept album. The trilogy of “Ornament”, “Old City Bar”, and “This Christmas Day” choked me up as usual. (They tell the tale of a daughter who can’t make it back home to see her father on Christmas. True tear jerker for me.) The guy who sang “Prince of Peace” absolutely blew me away with a fabulous soulful rendition.

Snowfall during “First Snow”

The second half consisted of songs from their other Christmas albums, “Beethoven’s Last Night”, and their soon-to-be-released new album. They performed “O Fortuna” which will be on the new album, and it completely rocked and had synchronized fireballs. J The lighting effects for “Wizards in Winter” mimicked the now famous internet video of the crazily lit house. Oh, and I was completely surprised when they tore into “Layla”.

All in all, it was a wonderful show. If you ever get the chance to see them live, grab tickets. I’ll be ordering tickets for next year’s concert in Indy.


Phollower said...

I can't believe Chelsea didn't want that picture on your blog. That's pretty much how I remember her.