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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Friday To-Do: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to Verizon Arena Friday.
  • Mark Weiss
  • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to Verizon Arena Friday.

4 p.m., 8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $31-$63.

How's this for an unlikely music-biz success story: Some of the principal members of Savatage — a long-running metal turned hard-prog band that had found middling success throughout the '80s and '90s — formed a symphonic metal side-project inspired by the Russian Revolution.

They released a trio of Christmas-themed albums, in the process becoming one of the biggest concert draws in the country, thus earning glory, approbation and mountains of money beyond any of their wildest dreams. I think that deserves a cot-dang round of applause.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is the ultimate story of heavy metal geeks done good. With its Christmas-themed concert and laser-light-show-overload extravaganza, the band has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of eleventy-gadzillion concert tickets since its inception and you just know that somewhere out there, the guys in Queensrÿche are kicking themselves for not coming up with something like this, right?

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