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On Friday, we were treated to the awesomeness that is TSO! This will mark our fourth time seeing TSO, three times with the “Lost Christmas Eve” and this year’s new show, “The Christmas Attic”. This also marks the first time for my seven-year-old to see TSO so we were all in for something new.
If you have never been to or have seen TSO, make sure to watch my clip below. It is a Christmas rock and light show all woven into a story. The storyteller, Bryan Hicks, has a deep commanding voice which brings a powerful narration of the story. The orchestra had several members of the Cincinnati Symphony which I think is great. TSO uses members of the local symphony in the town that they are performing in.
After the show, the band performed their classic hits for about an hour. All the while, they run though the stadium, perform on platforms that move about your head, dramatic scenes are displayed on huge screens behind the treasure chest (the orchestra and band perform atop the chest) that reflected the spirit of the songs they played.
About The Christmas Attic
The album’s (and stage production’s) narrative begins on Christmas Eve, when a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic. She decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents’ home while she should be asleep and there discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. A startling discovery in one of the letters, leads to an unlikely adventure.
Watch a clip of the TSO performance:
“After kicking off the New Year in front of two million fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, followed by our second European tour, the band felt that a perfect way to end the year would be to perform the only rock opera from the trilogy that has never been seen live. Some of the songs off The Christmas Attic have never been played live. As I have always said ‘it is fun to write the songs, it is fun to record them, but they are never really completed until we perform them in front of a live arena audience’. Of course, the second half of the show will feature TSO iconic classics and fan favorites such as ‘Wizards In Winter,’ ‘Requiem’ and ‘Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24′”. – Paul O’Neill (TSO creator, lyricist, and composer)
Make sure to catch a show near you, here is the rest of the 2014 tour dates:
Dec 14 – Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Dec 14 – Orlando, FL (Amway Center) 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Dec 17 – Washington, DC (Verizon Center) 7:30 PM
Dec 17 – New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena) 7:30 PM
Dec 18 – Uniondale, NY (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) 8:00 PM
Dec 18 – Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center) 7:30 PM
Dec 19 – Providence, RI (Dunkin’ Donuts Center) 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 19 – Houston, TX (Toyota Center) 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 20 – Boston, MA (TD Garden) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 20 – San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 21 – Newark, NJ (Prudential Center) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 21 – Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center) 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Dec 23 – Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center) 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 23 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center) 4:00 PM & 8:15 PM
Dec 26 – Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 26 – St Louis, MO (Scottrade Center) 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 27 – Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 27 – Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 28 – Columbus, OH (Nationwide Arena) 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Dec 29 – Milwaukee, WI (BMO Harris Bradley Center) 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 30 – Buffalo, NY (First Niagara Center) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dec 30 – St Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center) 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Jan 2 – Youngstown, OH (Covelli Centre) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Jan 2 – Green Bay, WI (Resch Center) 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Jan 3 – Reading, PA (Santander Arena) 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Jan 3 – Madison, WI (Alliant Energy Center) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Jan 4 – Hartford, CT (XL Center) 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Jan 4 – Moline, IL (iWireless Center) 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
While there were a lot of fast-paced Christmas rock songs, there were also plenty of slower songs that the kids didn’t seem to care for as much. We all loved “The Christmas Attic” and were glad to see a new TSO show! We would definitely go see this one again.
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