Trans-Siberian Orchestra has two shows at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on December 30 – News-Herald
Two years later than the last Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour, Music Director and Keyboardist Derek Weiland said the popular holiday band’s first moment on stage last month was something he will never forget.
“Turning around and seeing the audience live has been the best feeling I’ve had in two years,” said Weiland, caller from Raleigh, North Carolina. “It was religious. We’re opening the current set this year with a song called “Welcome”. From there we get into something of the ‘Beethoven’ album that is very energetic, upbeat and kind of uplifting.
“I think artists and audiences want that right now. They want to feel that healing energy – have fun and attend a live event. There is nothing quite like being together again.
While all groups can boast of having a special relationship with their fans, a TSO show inherently operates on a deeper level given that the outfit’s vacation tours are a family affair built on tradition and steeped in tradition. Christmas emotions.
That’s why expectations are high for everyone involved regarding TSO’s upcoming return to Northeast Ohio – two shows on December 30 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland – where the group benefits from one of its strongest fan bases.
“The emotion is more intense for all of us coming out of the past two years and hopefully coming out of this pandemic in a year or two,” Weiland said. “Intensity and music is a therapeutic thing for all of us, a way to break free and communicate and a way to empathize. It’s so intensified this year, just the drama of it.
This year’s tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of TSO’s definitive album “Christmas Eve & Other Stories,” which, tripletely, is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time.
The album and tour feature the mega-hit “Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24” and fan favorites “Ornament”, “Promises to Keep”, “This Christmas Day”, “O ‘Come All Ye Faithful”, “Good King Joy” and the epic “Old City Bar”.
Additionally, fans attending the Cleveland dates can look forward to hearing “Christmas Canon,” “Wizards in Winter” and other hits.
Weiland noted that TSO’s “Celebrating 25 Years of Christmas Eve & Other Stories Tour” finds the act breathing new life into popular songs, such as the material “The Christmas Attic”, as well as the recently added song by Savatage. “A Little Too Far”.
“The show is very different this year,” Weiland said. “It’s very energetic and tighter. It’s very dynamic.
Looking ahead, a real Christmas present next year would be new music from TSO, which notoriously takes its time releasing albums.
“We are on the rise,” Weiland said. “What’s exciting is hearing evolving sounds and arrangements. We’re very excited to be making new music together right now. So many songs and lyrics being followed in the studio are in various states. There are just a lot of ideas and work that have been done on an individual basis that I think are really going to flourish in the years to come.
“Considering the possibility of coming back to the studio in person, I am very optimistic. After the tour ends in Cleveland, we look forward to a lot of good musical work.
What: “Celebrating 25 years of Christmas Eve and other stories.”
When: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on December 30.
Or: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, One Center Court, Cleveland.
Tickets: $ 49.50 to $ 180.
Info: 888-894-9424 or fuséemortgagefieldhouse.com.