Trans-Siberian Orchestra Specializes in the Wow Factor

The lighting rig that hung over the members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Smoothie King Center Wednesday night could serve as the New World Order Olympic rings—seven, not five, close together but not interlocking, each with an LED square inside. Three songs into the set, the rings surprised the crowd when the LED squares inside the front three lowered to bring band members including violin player Asha Mevlana to the stage.

John Carpenter's Scary Soundtracks Arrive in Time for Halloween

John Carpenter’s Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 explains why Trans-Siberian Orchestra has kept its holiday sights focused on Christmas. Carpenter beat them to Halloween—literally. Carpenter brings the same mix of classical lite and Sunset Strip hair metal to his soundtracks that TSO slathers on Christmas.

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