Event review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

*Disclosure: I received concert tickets in exchange for this blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This was my fourth year attending a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, but my first at the new Little Caesars Arena. It was also my second time at LCA (I went to a Halsey concert a few months ago there) and it's a great new arena, located right in the heart of downtown Detroit.

We ended up having floor seats, which I've actually had for the past three TSO shows, as well, and our seats were amazing. LCA is divided into the lower bowl, upper bowl, and floor (though obviously for sports events there is no floor seating available).

The new arena also has a variety of food and drink places if you want to grab something to eat before the show. I did notice after the Halsey show I attended that the eateries tend to shut down immediately after the show, though.

The TSO shows I've attended in the past have always been amazing, and this one was no different. They use a variety of pyrotechnic (aka fire) and light shows to make it an unforgettable experience.

If you happened to look on Ticketmaster the day of the show, you would have seen the Detroit show listed and also a Salt Lake City show, on the same day—this is because TSO is divided into TSO East and TSO West. I noticed that the violinist was the same as previous years, and that's because Detroit gets the TSO East show every year.

TSO does both a 3pm and 8pm show every year, and this year I attended the 8pm show. We ended up parking at the Fox Theatre's garage because the LCA garage was sold out, but either is a solid choice —the Fox was only a 5-minute walk.

Each show also has a theme, and this year's was "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," which I believe I saw last year or the year before.

The first part of the show is always the story part, along with individual songs to accompany it, and then the second half is just music. The show lasted for 2.5 hours with no intermission ... I was impressed with their stamina!

They also always use local musicians, too, for the accompanying orchestra section—one time I even saw a violinist friend from college that I knew, which was fun.

This year, I went with my boyfriend, who loves going to concerts, and he really enjoyed TSO's performance, too.

Overall, I highly recommend TSO's concerts, and if you live in my area (Detroit), they usually come to the area in December, so keep an eye out on Ticketmaster. They actually said they have been performing in Detroit since 1998!

Have you ever seen a TSO performance? If so, which was your favorite song from it?

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