Trans-Siberian Orchestra coming to the St. Pete Times Forum
The above photo might look like a still from an anti-depressant commercial starring Mozart, but it's actually one of the wallpapers offered for download at trans-siberian.com, the Web site for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The Christmas-light-spectacularists have announced dates for a fall and winter tour, and that tour will hit Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum on Dec. 6. There are two shows, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. No ticket info has been announced yet, but when the group played the Forum last November, tickets were $37.75-$47.75.
What exactly is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, you ask (other than the band who provides the soundtrack to your annoying neighbor's annual Christmas light show)? Well, it's a legitimte prog-rock orchestra with a killer A/V setup, as Soundcheck's wacky Uncle Steve from Stuck in the '80s found out when he interviewed founder Paul O'Neill last fall. And it turns out the TSO has roots in Tampa Bay, having formed around the local metal band Savatage.
"Savatage was a super hard heavy metal band, borderline thrash," said O'Neill, who lives part-time in the Orlando suburbs. "I flew down and saw them at the Ritz Theatre in Ybor City. Jon Oliva's voice blew me away. I knew they were better than thrash metal, and I wanted to take them into the world of progressive rock. More of the band has come from a 50-mile radius around Tampa than we ever could have imagined. Florida has become the band's second home."
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*