Over the holidays, a gun-wielding bank robber was on the loose in Nashville dressed as Santa Claus. If Santa going on a B&E spree wasnt enough to pee in your eggnog, then theres only one way to get that residual Yuletide cheer out of your systeman exorcism. That means taking in the tour-ending performance by seasonal rockers the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the KISS of Christmas caroling. The TSO gives simple holiday songs an arena-rock artillery shelling that combines symphonic metal, operatic rawk vocals, sweeping solos and enough bells and whistles to make over jolly old Saint Nick into Yngwie fin Malmsteen, and Ive never heard their show described as anything less than spellbinding. Granted, I've never actually talked to anyone who's seen their show, but it's reportedly among the most technologically advanced pyrotechnic-and-laser-laden shows ever developed, amass with hundreds of blinding lighting cues and 72-foot screens of firemore than enough to guarantee great entertainment. So I can only assume spells are bound at every performance.
Sun., Jan. 3, 3 & 7:30 p.m., 2010