(12-17-2016, 08:10 AM)sundance7490 Wrote: I have to whole heartedly agree with you nosferatu. I'm a firm believer it's the "Ghosts" tour that's doing that. Last year it was pretty cool. It wasn't a bad show at all and was neat to see yet another change after having sweet from TLCE to Attic and then to Ghosts. BUT the big issue here is that we have a jumble of disconnected songs that have nothing to do with each other. The magic of TSO comes from the stories that are told. O'Neill, Oliva and Kinkel really took great care to make sure the songs in the Christmas Trilogy actually told a coherent story. Ghosts feels like someone swallowed up the trilogy and threw it up on the stage. It feels like a mess.
PLUS the stage didn't even change this year! It's exactly as it was last year. I got excited every year to see what it was going to look like the next year. Unless they're trying to save money in order to go on tour with Night Castle like I've been wanting, then they are getting VERY lazy.
I gotta say, this year I was wrong. I thought it was an excellent show, musically and visually. I would've liked some more story telling, not sure a lot of the people got the whole story, at least the ones I was with.
But it did rekindle my faith in the show.
I won't ever do 2nd row again unless it's the center section. Even on the aisle for the matinee, it was too close. The evening i was in row 4 on Caffrey's side on the aisle and that was much better. I thought Lisa kicked ass on Music Box and Georgia sounded great even though she was sick. Natalya was perfect even though she apparently was sick too. I was glad to hear Kayla do Someday at the evening show, I just hated it when it first came out but I'm now a fan.
The 1st half in both shows just flew by for me, I mean it felt like 10 minutes. The matinee 2nd half seemed to drag a little, at least to me. The evening show flew by in no time, both halves. There was a slight change between afternoon and evening in set list.
All in all, I'm STILL a huge fan and will take whatever they throw out without much complaint. Had envelopes for Natalya and Georgia from Jay Murk but neither were in the signing line. Lisa most graciously stepped up, along with Robin and made sure they got to their intended person. That means a lot and is just more proof for me that this thing is SO MUCH more than just the stage presentation.