Trans-Siberian Orchestra Pulls in to PPG Paints on Annual Tour; Railyard Tap Room Hosts The Nox Boys (Wed., 12/29/21)

1) In 1996, musician/rock band manager Paul O’Neill hit upon the idea that Christmas tunes could be totally progressive and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra was born. The TSO plays holiday music, traditional and originals, with a Rush level of elaboration and technical skill, all of which has racked up millions of album sales. You probably know the band’s wailing, synth-infused version of “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo,” a.k.a. “Carol of the Bells.” It’s one of the most hardcore tracks that DJs pull out every December. Music like this deserves the arena treatment, with a great light show and all, so the TSO has been touring major venues at the holiday season annually. Paul O’Neill passed away from chronic health problems in 2017, and bassist Dave Z (David Zablidowsky) died that year too, in a motor vehicle accident. But the band plays on—surely, as these men would have wished—and the TSO visits PPG Paints Arena for matinee and evening performances. The new show is billed as 25 Years of Christmas Eve and Other Stories. 3 and 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (R.H./M.V.)

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performing at the Hershey Giant Center in 2004. (photo: Matt, TSO, and Wikipedia)

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performing at the Hershey Giant Center in 2004. (photo: Matt, TSO, and Wikipedia)

2) The rising rock outfit The Nox Boys, out of Allegheny County river town of Blawnox, will be in action tonight at Railyard Tap Room in Bridgeville. Catch them in their last show before they embark on a concert tour of Spain in January. The going away party starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover. 413 Railroad St.