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Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghost Of Christmas Eve In New Jersey

Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Ghost Of Christmas Eve tour 2018

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returned to New Jersey on December 22nd for their 20th year on the road. The band hit the Prudential Center in Newark as part of their The Ghost Of Christmas Eve tour, presented by The Hallmark Channel. Many bands dream to play packed arenas, this includes TSO, but for TSO that’s a reality not once a day but most times selling out arena’s nationwide twice in a day.

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I headed out to catch the 8 pm show, as I arrived at the Prudential Center on a cold Saturday night, I was met by packed lines of fans at all entrances to the arena. Many families, who for them TSO is a Christmas tradition, awaited eagerly as I headed in. It was all smiles in anticipation for the band’s performance.

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It was now time for the show, as the lights went down the crowd cheered with excitement and right off the bat the stage lights come on along with screens as the introduction begins. The giant on-stage screens feature city landscapes and the moon; at one point the stage turns into a huge theater marquee during a narration by storyteller Bryan Hicks.

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The band features local orchestra players in every city and TSO manages to make an 18,000 person venue feel intimate. At one point violinist Roddy Chong, guitarists Chris Caffery and Joel Hoekstra walk the aisles of the venue floor playing for fans at their seats.

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The band’s performance is almost three hours long and the show’s production is absolutely incredible with a few things that make you look twice with a ton of pyro far more than previous years like the burning TSO logo behind the arena soundboard. In my opinion, it was the most amazing light show I’ve ever seen.

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The visuals are stunning, with a breath-taking laser light show and really crazy lighting in general, hydraulic lifts including two sets of swing arms both near the stage and in the back of the arena which carries members and allows them to play above the crowd and, of course, what’s a holiday show without snow?!

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The show’s setlist includes fan favorites like “A Mad Russian’s Christmas”, “Madness of Men”, “Find Our Way Home”, and many more. The band pay’s homage to their fallen leader and boss Paul O’Neill with the song “Someday” sung by vocalist Kayla Reeves.

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The sound is huge and the musicianship is inspiring. This was my 2nd TSO show and they will continue to be on my list of shows to see every year. I already can’t wait to see what they put together for next year’s tour. The band has a few more shows left this year, and if they’re coming to your city I highly recommend it.  It’s a ton of bang for your buck and perfect for the whole family, check out the remaining tour dates on TSO’s official website.

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