Day – Trans-Siberian Orchestra hits Mohegan Sun on Sunday
The idea of ”rock opera”, as most people know it, started with the Pretty Things and their album “SF Sorrow” in 1968. The Who quickly followed with “Tommy”, arguably opera. most beloved rock of all time, and the race was on. The Who also recorded their “Quadrophenia” and “The Wall” by Pink Floyd, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie, “Arthur” by The Kinks, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” by Genesis, Green Day’s “American Idiot”, “Southern Rock Opera” by Drive-By Truckers and “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance are a few representative examples that prove that the form has maintained a continuous momentum over time.
Oh, and don’t forget Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” which is by far the most successful rock opera of all time.
But the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is perhaps the only rock group that has formed itself specifically to do and perform behind nothing but rock operas. They have been written and recorded 312 so far and, in fact, the Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding another syllable to the word “libretto” to give it more weight and heaviness – all because of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!
Either way, TSO returns to Mohegan Sun Sunday for their traditional Arena appearance. This time, they are presenting a 25th anniversary version of their popular production “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”. Jolly has never been so wonderfully grand!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sunday at 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena; $ 50.50 to $ 89.50; www.mohegansun.com.