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Trans-Siberian Orchestra live review - Citizens Business Bank Arena, California

Live Review

Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, California

Trans-Siberian Orchestra go all-out for live holiday show

Two decades ago, an instrumental by theatrical hard rock veterans Savatage was re-released by a different group. The song, Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24), had earned some airplay on American radio, but after several mainstream stations made it clear that they wouldn’t play a track by a heavy metal band with a heavy metal name, subterfuge was in order.

Until then, never before had one act’s music been passed off as the work of another in America. Nonetheless, that winter, Christmas Eve… received even more radio attention under its new band moniker, the exotic-sounding Trans-Siberian Orchestra, while the song was also the centrepiece of TSO’s debut album, which would go on to sell millions of copies.

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