Yesterday, the Holiday Juggernaut that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra delivered a pair of shows at Newark’s own Prudential Center and I was in attendance for the matinee of these two shows. The tour for this year is called the “All-New Christmas Eve and Other Stories” Tour and finds the ensemble returning to their famous debut album after a few years of mixing it up. They’ve been at this for 21 years and I’ve been on board with the live shows for 20 of them. During one of the few breaks in the program, guitarist and de-facto emcee Chris Caffery reminded us that none of this would have ever been possible without the tireless efforts of the late, great Paul O’Neill who came up with the whole idea in the first place. Though we lost Paul in 2017, he is the bands Guardian Angel up above and it was here that Chris shared how during some rehearsals that they found some never before heard music of Paul playing an acoustic guitar and singing a deeply touching number called “Can You Hear Me Now”. The song is about 35 years old according to Chris who maintained it was like having Paul speaking to them once again. The TSO would premiere this song during this tour and while Chris said it was the first time being heard, he had to mean by this particular audience as its been done on the entire run so far this year. He choked up as he looked to the sky saying “We Hear You Loud and Clear Boss”.
Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Venue: Prudential Center (New York, NY)
Label: Lava Records
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as the familiar holiday song would sing and that meant that once again we would be indulging ourselves in the sounds and sights brought forth by incredible Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Before I headed out to the event I sat back and tried to gauge just how long I had been supporting the group and while I had been a fan since the beginning (even though I missed the very first tour), I had apparently spent most of my journalistic career with this enterprise. In terms of numbers, that meant I started writing these articles around 2003 and began doing them on the TSO shows as well. Since we were in 2010 now, I was soon going to be walking into my eighth Holiday season as a scribe and fan of this juggernaut of an act. The amount of years seeing these shows is truly making it harder and harder to offer up critique that stresses more than “you need to see it to believe it” but I will still give it a go to the best of my ability. The show interested me for a couple of other different reasons this time around and the first would be based on the choice of arena. For the last few years the show had taken place at the Izod Center over in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford NJ and for the NYC fans with no cars, this was always an adventurous trip to make. The group had moved there from Madison Square Garden which I will venture to guess was a cost effective decision since everything in the Big Apple seems to be going through the roof in terms of price. With the show now in Newark, NJ, the journey would be a decent PATH train ride for people like me and one that let its fans off with only a five minute walk to the arena. This was a no fuss no muss kind of trip in all honesty and one I would make again for bands if I had tickets.
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