Christmas music brings out the holiday cheer. You can sing along in the car driving to your grandparent’s house, you play it when you decorate your home, and you are filled with memories from Christmas celebrations with your family. A lot of Christmas music can be repetitive or sound out of date. Modern musicians remake our favorite holiday classics and make them sound more pop or country sounding. One of my favorite bands that have remade my favorite Christmas songs is Trans Siberian Orchestra. They bring a whole new meaning to rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
Trans Siberian Orchestra eloquently keeps the holiday spirit alive by bringing together the sounds of rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, symphonic metal, and classical music. In 1996, Paul O’Neil had the idea to bring his musician friends Jon Oliva, Robert Kinkel, and Al Petrilli together to remake Christmas songs with a more up to date and new sound. They formed the group which has become a sensation for their music and live tours. Paul O’Neil knows his music and is the right man for producing rock and roll Christmas music. He managed rock bands such as Aerosmith, the Scorpions, and Humble Pie to name a few.
Their live tours are incredible and sell out all over the country. They have two casts for the east and the west sides of their touring schedules. This allows for their tours to be seen by more people around the nation. They tour during the holiday season and they wouldn’t be able to fit in as many cities in their schedule by Christmas if they didn’t have two casts. Their live performance is multi faceted with light shows, music, and pyrotechnics. The streams of light and fire are synchronized with the music so the performance stimulates more than your sense of hearing. The performance is long, but you don’t want them to end when you are at their concert. The first half is dedicated to Christmas songs, and the encore is filled with rock and roll music.
They have seven albums, and any one of them would make a great Christmas present. The new album is called Night Castle. The album took four years to produce and record, and Paul O’Neil said it was well worth the wait. They started in 2005, and in 2008 they released one song on the Internet so that their fans knew they were working on something new and they could listen to music online. Their other albums are titled: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, and The Christmas Trilogy.
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