********************For one of her Christmas presents, I took Amanda to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts last night. As far as gifts go it appears to have been an excellent choice on my part as she hasn't stopped talking about the concert yet and I'm afraid that the t-shirt I bought her is going to be the main staple of her wardrobe for weeks to come!
This was my first time seeing TSO in person, though I've listened to their music for quite some time, and I've got to say that the concert was absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt one of the best I've ever been to. The music was terrific, the light show was equally so, and it made me almost feel like a teenager again (in other words, I yelled so much that my throat is quite sore today!). Of course, the first time I let out a loud "wooooooooo!" Amanda turned to me and said, "Was that you? Don't do that again!" but eventually she ended up screaming louder than her old mother whose voice gave out halfway through the impressive three-hour show! By the time we left the DCU Center I was partially deaf, blind, and mute - but in a good way!
It's been an extremely long time since I've been to a rock concert (my very first concert-going experience was Cheap Trick opening for Foghat in Philadelphia so that should give you a good idea how long ago we're talking here!) and this was Amanda's very first concert so I'm glad that it was as good of a show as it was. She especially liked the pyrotechnics and laser show but she was equally impressed with the musicianship of everyone in the band.
Even though the first half of the show was very good - a rock opera of sorts about an angel looking to reunite a father and daughter on Christmas Eve - the second half of the show was ultra-fantastic. If you've never heard "Layla" performed by two guitarists, two keyboardists, a bass player, one heck of a drummer, a guy with his own personally invented electric violin, an eight-piece orchestra, and at least eight back-up singers then you have never heard "Layla" performed! From there they segued into "The Flight of the Bumblebee" which turned into a duel between the two guitarists, bassist, and electric violinist. After that it just got better and better.
The only thing missing from last night's show was my youngest daughter, Jamie. I couldn't help but think during the entire concert how much she would have loved, loved, loved the show as she is a major rock-and-roll fan and this concert would have been made to order for her - long-haired rockers in long-tailed tuxes who nearly brought the roof of the DCU Center down with their showmanship and music.
Not fifteen minutes into last night's show I told Amanda "we are SO going again next year" and with any luck Jamie will be there to head-bang, clap, and scream right along with us. I think I feel a Christmas tradition coming on!