Yes, even with the daytime highs still in the upper 70's, the first snow of the season hit Las Vegas last night. The flurries started sometime after 7:30 and were scattered until after 10 PM. This fairly rare event for the desert was confined to the inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the annual Las Vegas performance of Trans Siberian Orchestra - 'The Lost Christmas Eve'.
If you've never been to one of their live shows, it's an amazing mix of Christmas story set to holiday music, classical, and contemporary performed by an incredible rock band and orchestra. You may have heard their music used as the theme for many holiday light displays.
For the show the music is combined with astounding light, laser, fog, and pyrotechnic effects...and yes they make it snow. Tonight's performance did have an 'early' pyrotechnics display, as a little flame built behind one of the keyboardist's light panels, but was quickly extinguished. The west coast tour has been off to a strange start, with guitarist and TSO founder Paul O'Niel having torn his ACL. He performed tonight while seated, and wearing a knee brace. He's always been so animated when he plays, it was a little unusual to see him stay in a chair.
Even with those minor rough spots, it was an excellent performance. One of the great things about living in Las Vegas is the many choices in entertainment, and having many tours like TSO making it one of their stops. If they happen to be appearing near you, might want to check them out. A great way to get into the spirit of the holidays.
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