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A big surprise at the "orchestra"

By December 02, 2010 , ,

I love surprises. Surprise announcements, gifts, trips, dinners or surprise! I cleaned your house (too bad that last one doesn't happen more often)!

Anyways ... Big D's parents surprised us and my sister-in-law and her hubby on Thanksgiving Day with tickets to the "orchestra." Notice the "orchestra" in quotation marks. My first thought when we received the tickets was of course thank you, but the "orchestra" is not really my cup of tea. No offense, but given orchestra or George Strait tickets - I'd take George Strait in a hot minute. I'm just a little too country I guess. Don't get my wrong - I love dressing up, glamming out and living the high life once and a while. But given a cold beer and a little country music and I'm a pretty happy camper!

So the orchestra ... I was thinking a cute dress, but something warm might be better - I settled for a nice Ann Taylor cardigan and dress black slacks. Yes, I just said slacks. As we were walking into Conseco Fieldhouse - this is where the Indiana Pacers play basketball - we wondered if we would be surrounded by gray hairs and also how many of those gray hairs would be nodding off during the subdued performance. As you can tell - we were skeptical about this "orchestra" performance. 

Boy were we in for a big surprise. These were not just "orchestra" tickets - this was the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Still ... I'm thinking an orchestra like violins, trumpets, flutes, clarinets ... you get the idea. Wrong, wrong and wrong. Think more along the lines of an orchestra with headbangers, a light show and electric guitars. Serious electric guitar.

As soon as the music started, I felt as if we were transported in time ... to a Megadeath concert. Granted I didn't even know what Megadeath really sounded like ... I was thinking like a KISS or AC/DC concert, but Big D corrected me - he said Megadeath or Metallica, definitely. Vintage ... late 80s/early 90s. Clearly, I don't know my heavy metal.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (often abbreviated to TSO) according to the band's official website is a Progressive Rock Band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill. The band has ties to rock bands such as Savatage, Aerosmith,  AC/DC, Joan Jett and yes ... Megadeath. TSO is most famous for their rock operas, complete with stories told in both straight prose and poetry form.

The first part of the performance was their Christmas music and it was definitely entertaining and NOT AT ALL what I expected (See the video below from GMA 2005 for a snippet of what I'm talking about). The light show was incredible and some of the vocals were pretty incredible too. The Christmas narrator we could've gone without - but he kinda tied all the music in together. I get what they were going for. I kinda liked it, but I don't think I'm going to rush out and get their CD anytime soon. And if I would've known then what I know now ... I probably would've worn something a little less "slacks" and a little more "rock and roll."

Smoke and light show

Ok ... so there was a violinist, but he was still a headbanger.

Not in "rock concert" attire

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  1. Sounds like a great time. I would love to see them sometime.

  2. Too funny! I would have done the same thing ;)

  3. Gonna have to check them out! Glad this was a successful outing~!