I was supposed to be seeing Fish in Leamington on Sunday but got snowed in, black ice everywhere so was a no go. Might be getting rescheduled for next year.
In Tampa I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra on their annual Christmas tour at the Amalie Arena (home of the ice hockey team Tampa Bay Lightning). It was definitely a different experience to what I'm used to and definitely an older audience than I'm used to! I was sitting in the second level and got a great view of what was a spectacular show with all sorts of special effects. I didn't recognize quite a few of their songs (some of them are Christmas-themed songs performed TSO-style though) and they didn't play my favourite: 'Forget About the Blame' with Lizzy Hale. The strangest moment of the show was when one of the TSO guys thanked the US armed forces for keeping the country safe which caused a standing ovation around the arena (I did not stand up) and some chants of "USA! USA! USA!". People actually do that! There were a few tributes to founding member Paul O'Neill who died in April this year. As always the TSO line-up had a whole load of random people whom I hadn't heard of. These were the line-ups for this year's tour. The Tampa show had the 'West' line-up but I'm a bit jealous because the 'East' line-up had Russell Allen.
West Coast of Florida anyway! JSS was really good and I've nothing against him, but as a Symphony X fan I'd have rather seen Russell Allen. He does seem to do a lot of these Rock/Metal Opera things doesn't he?Sure, obviously Tampa is on the West coast!
I've seen TSO twice, once with Russell Allen and once with Jeff Scott Soto (as they do the same parts). I am sorry that you saw the latter. But even so, a TSO show is really, really cool. Definitely an older crowd that I'm sure has no heavy metal experience or understanding outside of TSO, but fun nonetheless.
Just heard them, and yes, the voice works wellIt works pretty well (needless to say the singer was/is a metalhead, who can sing the folk style better than most of the turbofolk singers). Some lyrics are a parody of the traditional folk singers' lyrical style and some are the parody of different people in this region (Hipsters, Goths...). But if you take the vocals away, musically this is probably one of the best 3 bands I have seen live.
And this song is probably one of the hardest songs to play on guitar that anyone has ever written in this region (that isn't an instrumental track). And they smashed it live.