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Detroit, MI

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, State Theater, Detroit, MI, Dec. 19, 1999: >From 8 to 80, and from tuxedos and formals to denim and leather, the crowd for TSOís first ever tour was as diverse as Iíve ever witnessed. This holiday show brought out both hardcore rockers and the symphony crowd, with the amazing fact being, all had a great time and walked away satisfied. Minus the choirs, TSO delivered a dazzling show composed of the majority of material from their Christmas Attic and Christmas Eve releases. An eight piece string section was led by violin virtuoso Mark Wood, while the members of the band ripped through a host of holiday classics and some that are destined to be. Al Pitrelliís axework was phenomenal, and his talents have never been as apparent as when the band cut into the classical Christmas cuts. The absence of John Oliva was a disappointment, but his fill-in on piano did a magnificent job. After an hour and a half of their seasonal offerings, TSO treated the sold out crowd to a taste of their forthcoming non-holiday release, Beethovenís Last Night, with a ripping encore featuring both Beethoven and Mozart, and if the songs are any indication, the album is gonna be heavy on the guitars. An outstanding show that left the crowd breathless. Afterwards the band was quick to hit the lobby for autograph and photo opportunities. A class act all the way.
- Shane Copher

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Band Guide 

New York/New Jersey 

The Guttersnipes: The Guttersnipes have been playing fun, rowdy, high energy rock and roll in the New York/New Jersey area since 1994.

Bands: Read the "Hey Bands" section for information on how to be included in the Band Guide section.


Music News 

Cleveland, OH 

Mike Farley was voted best singer/songwriter in the Cleveland Free Times Music Awards.

Bands: Read the "Hey Bands" section for information on how to be included in the Music News section.


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