Record Setting Night for Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Tacoma Dome

Record Setting Night for Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Tacoma Dome

November 26, 2018

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA 11.25.18
Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia -  
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WOW just WOW! This years production was incredible! So much so I lost track on what the setlist was ha ha! First off lets give it up to the Pacific Northwest for showing up 16,000++ strong in the Tacoma Dome for TSO. The single best one show they've played in the USA in their 2 decade exsistance. Usually what happens on a TSO show day in Seattle is they have 2 shows, one at 3pm and the other at 7:30pm, but with the Key Arena in renovation for the next two years the show moved down to Tacoma in the newly renovated Tacoma Dome! My favorite venue to see big shows in. The fans traveled far and wide (and through a lot of traffic congestion) and when conductor/guitarist Al Piterelli asked the crowd "how many of you is it your first TSO show?" I was blown away at about 1/2 the crowd erupted. Wonder if this might be a permanent new location for the tour in the future? 

Well for their first time (I first shot TSO at the Paramount in Seattle the first time they played 12.13.00) seeing this show I guarantee pretty much nothing else is gonna compare to this rocking holiday spirited show. Maybe KISS, but there's so much more over all than any other show. It's sensory overload to the max! Video screens, fire, lasers, fog, snow (foam), elevator platforms, fireworks, orchestra, etc. Oh forgot to mention even a mini stage with 2 rotating elevator platforms over the crowd in the middle of the venue with TSO logo on fire! So sitiing in your seat between that area and the front of stage your hips got a work out roating your head back and fourth. Many didn't even realize what was going on behind them ha! 

This "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - The Best of TSO and More" tour included about 25 songs divided into 2 sets. The first featuring stuff from their "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" 1999 made-for-television film like "O Come All Ye Faithful / O Holy Night", "What Child Is This?", "This Christmas Day" and their big hit of "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)" (Savatage cover off the "Dead Winter Dead" album) featuring narrorator Phillip Brandon.

The second set was the release the kracken rock out set! More effects, more fire more everything! "A Mad Russian's Christmas", "Wizards in Winter", "Find Our Way Home (w/ the amazing Jeff Scott Soto on vocals)" etc. but for me it was the new addition from previous years to the set of the Savatage song "Chance" off the "Handful of Rain" album. Little bit watered down from the original version, they still rocked it for my inner Savatage likings. Singer Andrew Ross killed it. Ending the show with a bombastic reprise version of "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)" with enough fireworks to offiically announce its July 4th on November 25th ha! Overall it was another amazing concert that can rarely be enjoyed from everyone from your grandparents to your kids, metal-heads to hipsters and everyone one in between. Go check out TSO website for tour dates (tour goes through Dec 30th both on East/West coast versions), merch, music and more: