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Favorite/Least Favorite TSO tours and shows
Hey guys Smile I'm new here and I've been a TSO fan for many years....It's through them that I discovered the wonderful music of Savatage and became a big fan of them too Smile I've seen almost every year since 2012 as I had to miss the 2015 tour due to them not playing in my area. I've always been pretty impressed with how different each tour is, even if the story is the same, they always seem to be throwing in some surprises to keep the fans on their toes. That being said, there are some shows they did that I prefer other shows.

I'd say that my all time favorite TSO tours were in terms of setlist, either the 2013 Lost Christmas Eve tour or the 2016 Ghosts of Christmas eve tour. Both the Lost Christmas Eve and Ghosts Of Christmas eve themed shows have very strong first halves with lots of TSO classics, but I'd say the best second half has to go to the 2016 tour. I LOVE the fact that they pulled out A Last Illusion, O Fortuna, Madness of Men, Mountain Labyrinth, on top of doing The Mountain. I'm definitley a sucker for the heavy songs Smile 

My favorite TSO show in terms of stage production has to be the 2018 Ghosts of Christmas Eve tour, they REALLY pulled out all the stops for that one. The lasers and pyro were cranked up to 11 and they had FOUR cherrypickers used. Tracers on that tour had to have been one of the coolest things I've ever seen. The flaming TSO logo in the back was also pretty cool too.

As much as I hate to criticize one of my favorite live acts, I really gotta say...The 2014 Christmas Attic tour was a major downgrade for me personally. The toybox stage looked really cool, I will definitley admit, and I did enjoy the fact that they did some rarer songs on that tour, like Boughs of Holly, Three Kings and I, and JOMD/AWHHOH. But...the first half was way too long, a lot of the songs I didn't really like, there was almost no pyro and no lasers for the first half which really bummed me out. But the thing that stands out for me with the 2014 Christmas Attic tour was it had the absolute worst second half setlist of any TSO tour. It was the first time I ever walked away from a TSO show going "That was it? That's all they're gonna do? Where's Siberian Sleigh Ride? Where's Tracers? Where's A Mad Russian's Christmas? Where's Wish Lizst?" 

I will say one thing positive about the Christmas Attic tour though. It was great for TSO diehards because of all the deep cuts they did, but because I was only a casual TSO fan at the time, I was dissapointed that they didn't do a lot of the TSO classics that I love. 

So anyway, I gotta ask you guys? What's your favorite or least favorite TSO show?

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Favorite/Least Favorite TSO tours and shows - by fraroc - 12-24-2019, 11:11 AM

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