I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s on my bucket list, but someday I would like to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert.
History would suggest I’m never going to fork over my own money to see them, so (ahem) those planning to stuff a future stocking for me, make a note.
After all, this outfit is in Cleveland seemingly every holiday season at Quicken Loans Arena. This year, they’re set to rock The Q for two performances Dec. 29 on their “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour.
Oh, and the act, founded in the early 1990s, has done just fine without my business. Thanks to their fusion of classical music and progressive rock — and pyrotechnics-and-lasers-packed shows — they are recognized as one of the top-selling concert acts since the turn of the century. And their rocking instrumental medley “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” has become an enduring favorite during the holiday season since its release on 1995’s “Dead Winter Dead.”
It’s been a tough year for TSO, having suffered the deaths of two longtime members. To read about how they’re soldiering on without out them and to get geeked for one (or both) of the shows, check out features we have on the band here and here — or go right here for ticket info.
Stream of the week: Because I’m not much of a fan of traditional country music, I’ve never taken a deep dive into the catalogue of Kris Kristofferson, being more familiar with his acting work (“Lone Star,” “Payback”).
That may change thanks to time spent recently with “The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration.” While the album was released in October, it boasts the music performed in a star-studded tribute concert in March 2016. Although two artists I enjoy took part — Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris came together to perform “Chase the Feeling” — and there being several heavy-hitters on the set, including Lady Antebellum (“Help Me Make It Through the Night”), “Alison Krauss (a beautiful “Casey’s Last Ride”), Eric Church (“To Beat the Devil”) and Hank Williams Jr. (“If You Don’t Like Hank Williams,” appropriately), I most enjoy Darius Rucker’s version of “Under the Gun.”
Mark Meszoros, at the time of this post, has gone two full nights without seeing live music. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.