by David Koon
8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $59-$80.
While I haven't really liked a rock/classical music mashup since Falco's big 1985 hit "Rock Me Amadeus," I get why people tend to clamor for Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets around the holidays.
Big, loud and flashy, with light shows and spectacle that would make Gene Simmons of KISS fire his production designer, TSO definitely takes Christmas music out of the realm of Grandma sweaters with embroidered reindeer and into "Mistress Claus in her red latex catsuit" territory.
Definitely a good time for kids, especially if they've only heard the Muzak version of most Christmas tunes.