Trans Siberian Orchestra
played the Ottawa Scotiabank Place on November 11, 2009. This was our second time seeing them live. We loved the show so much last year, we did not hesitate to go again. but this time we were in the 100 section close to the stage, which were much better tickets then last year (200 section).
Trans Siberian Orchestra is a symphonic metal, rock opera or metal orchestra consisting of 2 Guitarists (Chris Caffery of Savatage
and Alex Skolnick of Testament
and Alex Skolnick Trio
), a string master (Anna Phoebe), a bass player, drummer, 2 keyboardists, a full string section (from the Ottawa Symphony), 8 vocalists, and a narrator (Bryan Hicks).
The first half of the show was more Christmas themed, playing songs from their Christmas Eve, and Other Stories CD. Between songs, Bryan Hicks would tell Christmas stories in an awesome narrative voice, connecting the songs into a none stop flowing show.
During the intermission, Chris Caffery came out in an Ottawa Senators jersey getting the crowd totally excited. He spoke of how last year with there tight schedule, they just came played and left, but this tour they had the day off prior to the show. They spent the day here in Ottawa, saw a parade and said he really enjoyed spending some time in our beautiful city. He then introduced all the members of the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
The second half of the show were songs from their new CD Night Castle and from their previous CDs The Lost Christmas Eve and Beethoven's Last night. Throughout the night we heard all our favorite songs like Witches in Winter, O Come All Ye Faithful, Carol of the Bells, and with the amazing finale of Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24. The lighting and stage effects were top notch. During the beginning of the show, it snowed with coloured lasers hitting the flakes giving an effect of different coloured fireflies everywhere. During the show there was laser effects coming from the stage and soundbooth area, lots of smoke and of course lots of pyrotechnics. We could feel the heat from the flames, I think the string section went home that night medium rare from all the heat and flames beside them... The sound was just great, the dual lead guitar players played flawlessly and sounded amazing. The main violinist (Anna Phoebe) really knows how to "rock" with a violin, the drummer played an amazing solo, and near the end of the show, Chris and Anna jumped into the crowd and played making their way to the back of the stadium. They got on to a riser behind the sound booth and were raised up in the air with coloured smoke coming from the bottom. Such a cool effect.
Overall, this was an amazing show of visuals and great musicianship. They were on top of their game, and I would definitely suggest checking them out when they come to a city near you. I know I will be going again on their next tour through Ottawa!Check out these pictures we took at the show
Here are 2 videos we shot during the show