Concert Review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 4/27/11

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
4/27/11
Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida

My second time seeing TSO and understandably the show was a bit scaled back compared to what they do on their winter tours. Oh, don’t worry, they still have the full orchestra and band, smoke, fire, lazers, video screens, etc. It was just a smaller stage than when I saw them back in 2009 and that’s not because the Civic Center couldn’t handle a full show. As far as I know, the “Beethoven’s Last Night Tour” is the group’s first non-holiday tour so while they can pack ’em in during the holidays, they were probably just being cautious as to how well this tour will be received. I was actually a bit surprised to see them only making use of about a fourth of the arena. It was packed though so I would estimate around 3,000 people were there since the entire arena holds up to 12,000.

Obviously, being called the “Beethoven’s Last Night Tour”, the majority of the evening was devoted to the Beethoven’s Last Night album that was released in 2000 (which was their first non-holiday album). I have never heard that album in its entirety but I think anyone who is a fan of their holiday shows would also enjoy the music here. It’s all done in the same rock/metal/classical style,  it just isn’t about Christmas.

I knew Beethoven’s Last Night probably wasn’t going to be the whole show and luckily it wasn’t. For the encore, things got a bit heavier as the band played a few numbers from Night Castle and also a few Savatage songs as well (“Sleep” and “Chance”). The Beethoven was filled with tons of great songs but I really like all the encore numbers just because they were much heavier and darker. That’s when TSO really showed their heavy metal roots and reminded you that without Savatage, TSO may have never existed.

As for the performances, of course everyone was spot-on all night long. The core of Trans-Siberian Orchestra is Savatage so there was Al Pitrelli & Chris Caffery on guitar, Jeff Plate on drums and Johnny Lee Middleton on bass. I gotta say it was great seeing Pitrelli live, that guy is a monster (as one point during the Beethoven part of the show, he stopped to play a little Hendrix). The last time I saw TSO it was Caffery & Skolnick. Also, another highlight was seeing THE Jeff Scott Soto in person. He played the part of Mephistopheles and what a voice! He also came out for the encore and sang “Another Way You Can Die”. Two other great vocalists I should point out are Rob Evan (who played Beethoven) and Andrew Ross. Narrator Bryan Hicks did a tremendous job as well.

All the other musicians were fantastic like violinist Roddy Chong and all the female vocalists were mind-blowingly good (and sexy!) as well. Everyone is worth mentioning by name but you must forgive me because I can’t seem to find any tour credits at this moment.

While the entire Beethoven album is littered with many great songs, I have to say the encore is what I liked best. I love it when TSO gets fast and furious and heavy and that did definitely that. And it’s a good thing they chose to close the show with a cover of Savatage’s “Chance” because that song is an absolute show-stopper. Everyone came out on stage and it was a great way to cap off the night.

Set List:

Overture
Midnight
Fate
What Good This Deafness
Mephistopheles
What Is Eternal
Mozart and Memories
Vienna
Mozart / Figaro
The Dreams of Candlelight
Requiem (The Fifth)
The Dark
Für Elise
After the Fall
A Last Illusion
This Is Who You Are
Beethoven
Misery
Who Is This Child
A Final Dream

Encore:

Toccata – Carpimus Noctem
The Mountain
Sleep
Better Listen To This
Another Way You Can Die
Carmina Burana
Chance

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Posted on April 28, 2011, in Concert Reviews, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I wish they would’ve played Believe.

    Who is the brunette who sang Theresa’s parts? Wowza.

    RIP Criss and Matt.

  2. That sounded like a fantastic night of TSO live! I enjoy reading about your enthusiasm for TSO… it’s what it’s all about, sharing your excitement for GREAT music. \m/

  3. This portion of your review: I gotta say it was great seeing Pitrelli live, that guy is a monster (as one point during the Beethoven part of the show, he stopped to play a little Hendrix

    made me even a bigger fan of Pitrelli then I already was.

    Sounds like a killer show

  4. Here’s the cast:
    Al Pitrelli – guitar
    Chris Caffery – guitar
    Jeff Plate – drums
    Johnny Lee Middleton – bass
    Vitalij Kupri – keys
    Mee Eun Kim – keys
    Roddy Chong – violin
    Rob Evan – vocals (Beethoven)
    Jeff Scott Soto – vocals (Mephistopheles)
    Chloe Lowery – vocals (Teresa)
    Georgia Napolitano – vocals (Fate)
    Andrew Ross – vocals (Twist plus “Chance”)
    Kayla Reeves – vocals (Sleep/Better Listen to This)
    Natalya Rose – vocals
    Angelica Allen – vocals

  5. I remember seeing Savatage around 1995 in an obscure club called the Mirage in South Minneapolis. It was a rather intimate venue. We ate lots of fries and drank lots of beer. As usual they brought the house down!! I love how they can merge opera and metal. They were on their Magellan tour, I think.

    • I saw them on the Beethoven’s Last Night tour this past Spring. They made it sound like they were coming back to the area for a Christmas show but they didn’t.

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