TSO in Spring: For Christmas' Sakes

by

comment

tso.jpg

Trans-Siberian Orchestra — the theatrical lite-heavy-metal-goes-Christmas sensation — has announced a spring tour. In addition to material from the group's recent Night Castle, the massive show will feature a new program called Beethoven’s Last Night. (You ain’t never heard the Fifth like this, baby!)

TSO play Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall on March 26 at 8 p.m., then stage two shows the following day at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Palace Theatre, at 3 and 8 p.m. Go here for pre-sale tickets. If any are left, they’ll be available via Ticketmaster. These concerts will be the second and third stops on the tour, which is playing smaller venues the group routinely sells out at Christmas time.

A lot of people dig TSO, so rather than bag on it at length, we’ll point out the most disturbing potential fallout from this development.

For years, holiday season aficionados and prognosticators have worried about the yuletide season starting earlier and earlier every year. In 2009, Christmas retail season began immediately following Halloween. And previous worst-case scenarios projected a winter holiday whose celebration kicked off after Independence Day. But if this spring tour catches on, even if they’re not relying on holiday material, it’s only a matter of time until Christmas never ends.

And an area like Northeast Ohio, which has 40-degree days at least nine months a year, is particularly vulnerable. Once again, the culture wars will be fought in your very backyard. And for that reason — if no other — we beg you to just say no to orchestral guitar rock. —D.X. Ferris

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.