Concert Review | Trans-Siberian Orchestra: And a cheesy, good t...

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought its 2000 album Beethoven's Last Night to life at an entertaining concert last night in a packed Palace Theatre. Full Story
The Great Ballzak

Erie, PA

#1 Apr 17, 2010
yawn
concerned concertgoer

Columbus, OH

#2 Apr 17, 2010
So there's a review of this so-called "orchestra" but not one of our own Columbus Symphony, who also performed last night. Way to support your hometown, Dispatch.
Eric

Westerville, OH

#3 Apr 17, 2010
Cheesy. Really? You call a creative, moving, and fantastically written rock opera like that to be cheesy? You weren't even paying attention to the story. Fate never offers to trade his hearing for his compositions; only Mephistopheles is interested in acquiring his music. What Fate does is offer to change things about Beethoven's life, and he discovers that changing things would prevent him from ever writing his music to begin with. And saying it was too long? I was shocked to find that it was already 11 PM and initially wondered why they weren't going to continue!
Neil Pye

Mount Vernon, OH

#4 Apr 17, 2010
Ronnie James Dio? No. Jon Oliva? Yes.
Tom

Newark, OH

#5 Apr 18, 2010
We paid good money and stood in line to get to see TSO in what I would call an excllent show and this guy, no doubt gets in for free with NO waiting because he's "The Press" AND still has what it takes to call it "Cheesy". WOW. If TSO dosen't impress him, what can??? I have heard many people from all age groups and walks of life describe TSO and the word "cheesy" has never been mentioned, untill now.
Eric wrote:
Cheesy. Really? You call a creative, moving, and fantastically written rock opera like that to be cheesy? You weren't even paying attention to the story. Fate never offers to trade his hearing for his compositions; only Mephistopheles is interested in acquiring his music. What Fate does is offer to change things about Beethoven's life, and he discovers that changing things would prevent him from ever writing his music to begin with. And saying it was too long? I was shocked to find that it was already 11 PM and initially wondered why they weren't going to continue!
RichardHarkin

Columbus, OH

#6 Apr 19, 2010
I would never call it "Chhesy," but I did feel it a bit self-indulgent and about 45 minutes too long. TSO is immesely talented and I love 'em, but if I were asked to offer a biot of constructive crisitcism, I'd tell them simply to trim it down, eliminate the extraneous story lines and characters(i.e, the unseen waif and Fate)-- it'd far more interesting and dramatic as a moral struggle between the composer and Mephistopheles) and lose the "hair dancing." I understand the last lends itself to the rock show milieu but it's unnecessary and distracting here; if you're going to dance, then DANCE, don't cheapen the otherwise incredible production values with "dancing" that ain't. The object of a show like this one should be to leave the audience wanting more; not reduce them to wondering if it's ever going to end.
martyrX

Hamilton, Canada

#7 Jun 6, 2012
yes cheesy. terribly so. Saw them in Hamilton Ontario, I left before it was over it was almost unbearable. Music was uninteresting.

Having a plethora of talented musicians does not equate to a good show.

I will admit, most people at the concert were loving it i guess it just wasn't for me.
Keith

Perrysburg, OH

#8 Nov 15, 2013
Terrible concert in Toledo, OH last Wednesday. Reasons why it was terrible:

1. From the beginning screeched and pounded through traditional Christmas carols--totally ruined them--TSO interpreted Oh Come Let Us Adore Him as BANG BANG BANG CRASH CRASH CRAAASH CRASH (cymbals, drums, screaming singers)
2. Ditto with classical music themes such as Beethoven's Fifth, Carmina Burana etc.
3. The story that tried to make everything hang together was cheesy, maudlin and unrealistic
4. Music/noise was loud enough to damage hearing
5. Concert was way too long. Best to have ended after first half

I will say that the computer or person who ran the light show was very talented. But that didn't make up for this horrible experience; I would never go bsck to another TSO "concert"
First timer

Alexander City, AL

#9 Dec 14, 2013
Saw TSO in B'ham on the 7th, for the afternoon show. They donated over $11,000 to Children's Hospital from that show alone, and the arena was only half filled. No telling what the night sold out show donated. I had wanted to see them for the last 3 years and was thrilled to be there. Was amazed at the different ages in attendance. Many older folks around 70-80 and using canes were there. Never saw anyone leave; had expected the older ones to do so, thinking that they didn't know what they were getting in to, but they stayed. Yes, TSO members have their own take on Christmas music, but we knew that before we got the tickets. I thought it might be a story of the birth of Jesus, but it wasn't. I was not disappointed with the one they told. Coming and giving from the heart is what Christmas is about, anyhow. Those who do not get into the Christian lifestyle could easily relate to this story as the TSO performs. Great rock music, great message, and an evening well spent seeing this performance. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with long haired musicians, but every one of them slung their hair multiple times during the songs and it became a competitive thing (it was much more theatric than needed and even the females slung theirs). The light show and the fire were quite impressive. We plan to see TSO every year for a family event together prior to Christmas.
see a man about a horse

Reynoldsburg, OH

#10 Dec 14, 2013
First timer wrote:
Saw TSO in B'ham on the 7th, for the afternoon show. They donated over $11,000 to Children's Hospital from that show alone, and the arena was only half filled. No telling what the night sold out show donated. I had wanted to see them for the last 3 years and was thrilled to be there. Was amazed at the different ages in attendance. Many older folks around 70-80 and using canes were there. Never saw anyone leave; had expected the older ones to do so, thinking that they didn't know what they were getting in to, but they stayed. Yes, TSO members have their own take on Christmas music, but we knew that before we got the tickets. I thought it might be a story of the birth of Jesus, but it wasn't. I was not disappointed with the one they told. Coming and giving from the heart is what Christmas is about, anyhow. Those who do not get into the Christian lifestyle could easily relate to this story as the TSO performs. Great rock music, great message, and an evening well spent seeing this performance. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with long haired musicians, but every one of them slung their hair multiple times during the songs and it became a competitive thing (it was much more theatric than needed and even the females slung theirs). The light show and the fire were quite impressive. We plan to see TSO every year for a family event together prior to Christmas.
Was it loud?

Our daughter got us tickets for the Columbus show without asking me if I had any concerns about going.

If it's too loud I will walk out.
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#11 Dec 14, 2013
see a man about a horse wrote:
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Was it loud?
Our daughter got us tickets for the Columbus show without asking me if I had any concerns about going.
If it's too loud I will walk out.
Try a pair of those foam ear plugs. I wear then when I am on the old dozer. If not the ringing doesn't stop for hours.
First timer

Alexander City, AL

#12 Dec 14, 2013
see a man about a horse wrote:
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Was it loud?
Our daughter got us tickets for the Columbus show without asking me if I had any concerns about going.
If it's too loud I will walk out.
If you are familiar with Yes, The Who, and Pink Floyd, TSO has been compared to them. The volume is no different from any other rock concert I have attended. Yes, it's loud, but expected. It lasted 2 1/2 hours and that was enough. It's amazing! There are two extensions that go out over the audience for two different musicians to perform on. There was a stage in the back of the arena that the violinist/fiddler and another guitarist were on for a bit, and it elevated for their performance. Very impressive show. A large blast of fire also spewed out of the center of that elevation (not while they were on it), and we could feel the heat from the blaze.
I don't know what kind of music you are used to at shows, but even country music gets that loud. We were fortunately close to an exit if it had been too bad, but I was OK with the volume. If rock does not suit you, Manheim Steamroller would be a good one to see. I'm sure it's loud, too, but the songs are identifiable. I love both groups.
Hope you enjoy it.
see a man about a horse

Reynoldsburg, OH

#13 Dec 27, 2013
2 1/2 hours of overwrought horse plop.

Close your eyes, blocking out the light/fire show, and you realize this is just loud, repetitive and not very good. The narrated "story" left me wanting less. The rest left me wanting to leave.

PS to my daughter: Thanks kiddo, but next time ask. Love you, Dad
First timer

Tuskegee, AL

#14 Jan 15, 2014
Sorry you didn't enjoy the show. Check out Steamroller on YouTube. They are sometimes on talk shows, too. I really want to see them and since Christmas I found that they do come to within an hour of my home around Christmas time. They are not widely advertised, as TSO is not either. I think the biggest thing about TSO is the light show, even though the musicians are really good. I didn't really follow the story. There was too much going on all over the stage to get into it. I can see where Manheim would be more entertaining.
Sac Dokulmesi

Istanbul, Turkey

#15 Apr 30, 2014
sacdokulmesis

Istanbul, Turkey

#16 Jun 10, 2014

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