Sunday, November 22, 2009

Trans Siberian Orchestra and some other thoughts

I’ll start with my usual preamble about taking too long to update my blog and now get right into a few thoughts for today.

Have you ever listened to the Trans Siberian orchestra? Big Orchestra sounds combined with hard crunching rock and roll. They have recorded concepts from Christmas music to the Last Night of Beethoven. I have had this kicking around for a while and have only listened to it on occasion, but not long enough to comment on it. It was always something I was curious about listening to from start to finish.

After finally giving their music some time the last few weeks I was prompted to look up footage from some of their live shows. It is cheesy and over the top? Maybe. But isn’t that the point? I like the sounds here for the same reasons why I loved the hair bands of the eighties and why I loved the big theatrics and sounds of metal gods Iron Maiden.

When played lived this style of music contains all the props that it should including extensive lights and pyrotechnics. Their tours are often played in some larger arenas with a not too expensive ticket price. I would think it makes for a fun night out!

Speaking of tours U2 just announced a date in the wonderful city of Montreal this summer. I am in the process seeing if this can work into my summer travel plans. I am yet to see U2, but would love to get the opportunity. My only dilemma is I am not sure if I can get all the details worked out to get away before the concert likely sells out.

Also, Bon Jovi continues an extensive tour. My wife have never been to see Bon Jovi, one of her all time favorites, but I have. I would love for both of us to go but looks like all the dates that we might travel to have already had most good seating sold.

I hope to be back before the end of November. Christmas is only a little over a month away, so here is a live clip of the Trans Siberian Orchestra performing the Carol of the Bells.


Mr. Mike said...

The Trans Siberian Orchestra concert looks cool, I'm a fan of progressive rock and they fit right in with that. Them and I think another one is called Manheim Steamroller? I haven't listened to much of either group but get a kick out of the tv commercials.

I saw U2 live in 1991 when I started to become a fan of theirs, they were an excellent live act. One of those artists that can make a huge stadium feel like a small club. When I saw their show on You Tube a few months ago they still sounded good, so I recommend seeing them if you have the opportunity :)

The Rock Brigade Blogger said...

I've never checked out Manheim Steamroller, but I will look them up for sure! U2 been near the top of my list of concerts I want to see for a long time, but I am yet to make it happen.

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