By Joe Martone
Most of the holiday music you listen to was originally written in the 1940s and 1950s. That’s right: Christmas music hasn’t been updated since your grandparents were still lying to your parents about Santa but thankfully, there is a thoroughly rockin alternative. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is well known for reworking the spirit of the season into something that makes you want to thrash your head with delight. TSO has sold 9 million concert tickets and 8 million albums in the past 15 years with its renditions of Christmas-influenced music. This year is special as the group will perform The Lost Christmas Eve for the first time ever. Where else are you going to hear an electric guitar solo in “O Come, All Ye Faithful”? It’s not all re-imagined Christmas tunes though; the group’s opening number “Wizards in Winter” is a testament to TSO’s metal meets classical music theme. Then again, how could anyone not be curiously inclined to see what these musical wizards of winter have in store for an audience? TSO’s performance is far from the traditional concert. With no exaggeration, the group plays alongside elaborate lasers, pyrotechnics and video screens which are all synced with the songs. Head-bashing to a very metal Christmas show was probably the last thing on your mind this holiday. It’s a great way to break repetition of the same-old Christmas songs that you love to hate.
Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com. $30.50-$60.50. 8pm.