The Christmas spectacle known as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra made a return to Raleigh, North Carolina this year and made a stop at the PNC Arena on December 14. The over-the-top Christmas meets KISS program is an assault on your ears and eyes and it’s a lot of fun to experience. There are tons of lasers and pyro and the light show is one of the most amazing that we have ever seen. There were some minor technical difficulties with the giant wall of monitors than ran across the back of the stage, but thank goodness there was so much other stuff going on to distract you from that. The songs may have been delivered in a metal/prog rock type of delivery that we all expect from TSO, but they manage to delight people of all ages at this show. We saw several families of three generations and even one of four generations having a ton of fun at this show.
If you’ve seen TSO before, the show hasn’t changed much, but they did tweak a few things to make it a little bit different. The band released this statement at the beginning of the tour: “’The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO had never done. It brought back so many memories to see Ossie Davis and everyone else who helped make that TV special into the annual tradition that it has become. The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band’s decision to take it back out on the road this year. As always we have new artists, new special effects and lots of surprises in store.”
The show in Raleigh was over-the-top and made everyone forget about all of their worries and problems at least for the close to three hours that we were witnessing the show. The singing was superb and the showmanship between all of the musicians on-stage was engaging and so much fun. It was also great to see the faces of the people in the audience when the guys would walk off the stage and into the crowd. Although it was close to three hours in length, it really didn’t seem that long as the show really flowed well. It’s easy to see why this show has become a Christmas tradition for so many families over the last twenty years.
Here are more pix from our coverage of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra show at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on December 14, 2016. Click on each image for a larger view!