Remember when Trans-Siberian Orchestra used to bring its insanely laser-powered Christmas show to Erie? The band’s popularity skyrocketed, however, and the TSO holiday show outgrew Erie. The show couldn’t fit, physically at Tullio Arena, and only played larger arenas, such as Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
With a larger capacity at the renovated Erie Insurance Arena, Erie is back on TSO’s radar. According to the band’s winter announcement, posted Friday, TSO will bring its final tour for “The Lost Christmas Eve” to the arena on Nov. 14. The band says fans will find “new stages” and “new surprises” for this event, which could probably be seen for miles, if not for the roof. TSO really puts on dazzling, Pink Floyd-worthy extravaganzas.
TSO has brought its Beethoven show to Erie a couple times, but according to my research, this will be the group’s first Christmas show in Erie since January 2008.
No word yet on when tickets will go on sale yet, but stay tuned.
Attention Doctor Who fans. The new Doctor who will follow Matt Smith will be announced in a live special on BBC America at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Weird time, yes, but that’s 7 p.m. in London, England, where the special will originate. Some fans believe, and rumors are flying, that former Doctor David Tennant will become the first-ever Doctor to take on the role again; some kind of space-time backward thing, no doubt. But we’ll see.
Thursday’s Block Party outside the Plymouth Tavern sure was packed; I had a great time hanging out. I hadn’t seen New Wave Nation in awhile, but they sure know how to string a show together, keeping it pumping, whether they’re playing pseudo-disco, hair metal or actual new wave. After that I hit Crooked I to catch Crooked Bass, the monthly electronic dance music event founded by the 814 Bass Crew that’s helping EDM finally gain a foothold in Erie after tentative steps elsewhere. Thursday’s edition featured Executive Order with Mavsoup and MatisFlex, who also co-host Gannon’s 90.5 WERG weekly dance show, “The Electric Circuit” on Friday. They crushed it; a remix of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” (I think it was that one; my memory is a little hazy) was particularly inventive and colossal. DJ Matter and Dark Renegades also performed.
At the show, I also chatted with Crooked I owner Marty Schwab who told me some cool news. Aqueous is booked for New Year’s Eve and will play a set of Radiohead. He also said it looks like Donna the Buffalo will play the club in November; stay tuned for more on that.
Grammy-nominated bluegrass band the Special Consensus will play at Romolo Chocolates on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m.; that should be a special show. To see a clip of them playing “Monroe” from YouTube, click here.