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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Holiday Rock Opera Production To Philips Arena Friday



Progressive rock ensemble Trans-Siberian Orchestra entertained 7,000 fans Friday night at Philips Arena. In the words of TSO founder, Paul O’Neill,” “The whole idea was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who…but take it way, way further.”
>>>(from Wiki) Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive metal band[1] founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. Since then, TSO sold nearly 8 million concert tickets and 8.5 million albums. The band’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. The band is most famous for their series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of their Christmas trilogy), and their two-disc magnum opus Night Castle. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which are complete with a full orchestra, a massive light show, lasers, dozens of pyrotechnics, moving trusses, video screens, and other effects that are synchronized to the music. Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the 15-photo online gallery: Trans-Siberian Orchestra rocks Atlanta & TSO: A little bit sappy, a whole lot of everything else  . What did you think of the show? What do you like best about TSO?

 (Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta ConcertPhotography Galleries.)

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December 4th, 2011
11:40 am

Great show but Gwinnett Arena much better venue than Phillips. Gwinnett Arena allows audience to be part of the show and get closer to the performers. Phillps is not a good concert venue; the acoustics are terrible and “echoey”