Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Prudential Center in Newark

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra close out the Holiday Season
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Photo by Jeff Auger/Prudential Center

Some of the best segments of the show come with familiar territory

Universally, it is extremely difficult for any performer to entertain any given audience for two-and-a-half hours. Nonetheless, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra accomplished it during a recent tour stop at Newark’s Prudential Center. They pullied out all the stops during a full 150 minutes with no intermission.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra stage view
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Photo by Jeff Auger/Prudential Center

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is one of the Top 10 ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium says Billboard. The Orchestra is the only major rock band to go straight to arenas; having never played a club, never been an opening act, and never even featured an opening act on their tours.

Performing an intimidating 25-track setlist, the multi-platinum rock group keeps attendees’ attention glued to the stage. Trans-Siberians Orchestra interchanges from hard rock sets to ballads, to complex numbers highlighted by powerful vocalists, seasoned instrumentalists, and culminated with spectacular lighting effects.

Some of the best segments of the show come with familiar territory, particularly during large-scale productions of “Christmas Canon Rock” and “Wizards in Winter.” Moreover, the encore which features “Wish Liszt (Toy Shop Madness),” “Requiem (The Fifth)” and “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24),” feels like Christmas during the 4th of July due to the extensive musical and visual elements involved.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra stage with pyrotechnics
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Photo by Jeff Auger/Prudential Center

Vulnerable and illustrating pure passion during every piece, this is more than just a job for all involved, as every performer brings his or her all during the show, which is to be admired. There is a reason the Trans-Siberian Orchestra was able to transcend to such heights without ever relying on the club circuit or other artists to achieve mainstream to success… and this tour proves just that.

Watch the Trans-Siberian Orchestra close out the “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GedPHL-QcLU
Watch a playlist of performances here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL47c9ffLBOEyGLZGgU3jGV3d72nawepDl