The Slush: Saw them for the first time last year. Found the narrative heavy-handed and way too preachy. Second half was far better.
pwn3d781: I'll be getting my group together next September. One of these years I'll make everyone pay me before the show.
StoPPeRmobile: Is that the crap that is always played at the mall?
BiblioTech: pwn3d781: I'll be getting my group together next September. One of these years I'll make everyone pay me before the show.Lol, you, too?
FrancoFile: StoPPeRmobile: Is that the crap that is always played at the mall?Depends - if you hear the angry version of "Carol of the Bells", then it's Trans-Siberian OrchestraBut if it's a jazz-synthesizer new-age version of "Deck the Halls", then that's Mannheim Steamroller
pwn3d781: To be honest, I like some of the Mannheim Steamroller interpretations. I went to see them live a few years ago and it felt like they were phoning it in. It's not just the direct comparison to TSO and the lack of lights, lasers and fire; it felt like we were just another stop on the tour, nothing more. Also, for the second set they put a big semi-translucent screen down and showed video of people in a great hall celebrating a medieval-era Christmas feast. It works for some of the songs, but I came to see musicians play, not watch a video behind which some musicians are playing.
pwn3d781: They're back (or were back, Wednesday) at a smaller venue this year, and maybe that's more their style than a half-amphitheater setup, but I wasn't about to pay $90 a seat to find out.
REO-Weedwagon: I mean this with no snark or sarcasm at all. This is one of the most fascinating threads I've ever read on Fark. I had no idea a loyal and knowledgeable fan base existed for these type shows.
houstondragon: The one that everyone knows them for is Christmas Eve SarajevoIf we're gonna talk rock opera though, I'd LOVE to see them perform Jesus Christ Superstar.
John Buck 41: Epileptics must freak right the fark out at their shows.
docmattic: I like my Christmas music groups the same way I like my vodak:Straight, No Chaser.
RINO: I haven't seen or heard them perform as the TSO, but I liked them when they were Savatage.
pwn3d781: I like to say that some of the best concerts I've seen are those that don't rely on glitz and glamour and pyrotechnics and gimmicks to entertain, the shows where it's the artists, the music, and the crowd. And then there's TSO, the complete opposite of that.
houstondragon: The one that everyone knows them for is Christmas Eve Sarajevo
5 star chef of tv dinners: Saw them one year and loved it. I really want to go again this year but it ain't happening. They be coming on the 26th of december and I can't take it off without costing me my holiday money which sucks. This thread did remind me that I needed to replace to BLN cd since it got lost and I just picked up the new dreams of a firefly along with it. I haven't heard it yet, I hope it's good.
Primitive Screwhead: RINO: I haven't seen or heard them perform as the TSO, but I liked them when they were Savatage.DAMN SKIPPY!In the HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING!!!OH YEAH!!!RIP Criss Oliva
saintstryfe: I'm wondering they go back to "Other Stories" ,or try to do the Christmas Attic, or do something new. I hope new - Attic is too small of a story.
Rick_Slick: Stopped attending after Anna Phoebe stopped touring with them.[media.pennlive.com image 432x305]
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