It’s that time of year again in the city: Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, the Holidazzle Parade, and of course, Christmas music. On Saturday, Minneapolis was definitely feeling the spirit with Trans-Siberian Orchestra in town. Playing two shows (one during the day and one in the evening), the band lit up the Target Center stage for their “The Lost Christmas Eve” tour.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is celebrating their 15th year of touring. Year after year, the holiday rock band continues to awe crowds across the U.S. and Europe with a dazzling light show. As a final installment in TSO’s Christmas trilogy, the rock opera “The Lost Christmas Eve” did not disappoint. In this symphonic tale, one of God’s angels arrives in New York City in search of the person who has best continued the work of the Lord. The angel encounters a number of people at a Grand Hotel, a toy store, a blues bar, and a gothic cathedral. What the angel discovers in the end is that each of the people he met had continued His work in one way or another.
The show featured TSO fan favorites, including “Wizards in Winter,” and “Christmas / Sarajevo.” The spectacle had the audience entranced, with flames exploding from behind the stage that produced enough heat to momentarily warm the guests in the top rows. Impressive. The rockers interacted with the audience frequently, introducing each on-stage contributor during the show. In addition to the rock n’ roll songs, there were a number of powerful solos with goosebump-inducing vocals.
Being in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the post-concert entertainment options were endless. Many of the 3pm show guests headed over to watch the Holidazzle parade that evening, while a number of the 8pm guests made their way across the street for a drink and even more live music at Kieran’s Irish Pub.