STORY WRITTN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For 21st Century Media
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is wrapping up the year by performing their 1998 rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time in arenas across the nation on their Winter Tour 2014, bringing the holiday cheer to Philadelphia Dec. 23 at The Wells Fargo Center for a matinee and evening show. Even though the album features one of the band’s most popular songs “Christmas Canon,” surprisingly, it is the only album of The Christmas Trilogy never to be performed live in its entirety.
“After kicking off the New Year in front of two million fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, followed by our second European tour, the band felt that a perfect way to end the year would be to perform the only rock opera from the trilogy that has never been seen live,” said TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill in a statement.
“Some of the songs off The Christmas Attic have never been played live,” he added. “As I have always said ‘it is fun to write the songs, it is fun to record them, but they are never really completed until we perform them in front of a live arena audience.’”
The Christmas Attic performance will make up the first half of the show while the second half will feature TSO classics and fan favorites, such as “Wizards in Winter,” “Requiem” and “Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24.”
To coincide with the tour, The Christmas Attic has been re-released complete with bonus tracks, as well as a special vinyl edition. The album’s narrative begins on Christmas Eve, when a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic. She decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents’ home while she should be asleep and there discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. A startling discovery in one of the letters, leads to an unlikely adventure.
IF YOU GO
What: Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert
When: 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 23
Where: The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: $30 – $70
Info.: Call (215) 336-3600 or visit www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com