Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Average User Rating 9.02
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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TSO rules live!
Venue/Date: KeyArena at Seattle Center (Seattle, WA)
Concert Date:  
December 26th, 2004
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.02

Trans-Siberian Orchestra lays it on thick

By BILL WHITE
SPECIAL TO THE POST-INTELLIGENCER


With the men in formal wear and the women sporting minidresses and knee-high boots, the band performed a frenetic pastiche of progressive rock, light classical and Broadway-bound Americana that lasted nearly three hours without intermission.

The stage was decked out with enough lighting equipment to light five miles of road for a "Terminator" chase scene. During a version of "O Holy Night" that borrowed from Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein," more than 200 flashing lights made me long for the relative subtlety of a Pink Floyd laser show.

The playlist was organized as a series of tales witnessed by a globe-trotting angel on New Year's Eve. Anthony Gaynor narrated the first half, which was taken mostly from the three albums that make up the orchestra's "Christmas Trilogy."

Lengthy poems with spectacularly bad rhymes -- on the order of "Every light can be a star / It just depends on where you are" -- introduced songs such as "Old City Bar." Dressed in a ragged coat, singer Graham Tracy shamelessly manipulated the sentimental streak in the audience with this tale of a bartender who gives all the money in his register to some poor people standing outside.

International concerns were addressed with "Prince of Peace," sung by Jill Gioia in the white-gospel style so popular with fans of "American Idol." A few songs later, an angel hovers above a battlefield where people kill their neighbors in the name of religion while a cellist plays "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," a song later reprised as a guitar duel between Al Pitrelli and Angus Clark
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