TSO, New Orleans, and a little more

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After an outstanding dinner at Liuzza's on a cold and rainy night in New Orleans, we went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at the New Orleans Arena.

First, Liuzza's: Patsy had a shrimp remoulade po-boy that she is still raving about this morning. I had a very messy, quite delicious roast beef po-boy. Pure heaven. I miss New Orleans food, particularly the po-boys, and especially Liuzza's. What we get on the NorthShore just isn't the same.

About TSO: We've seen them three years in a row now. I can't say that they get better every year but they surely get bigger every year. This is an enormous production. Love the HD flat screens but could probably do without the flames and the blinding lights and maybe they could cut down on the narration and chit chat a little. Would also like to see them do a better job getting the music mixes right (Leads a little more in the foreground, singer's microphone turned down a little, etc). It was still a great show. We had decent seats last night except for having a stairway between us and the stage. The audience's constant traipsing back and forth on the stairs blocked our view too much of the night to suit me. My sister had better seats in the same section. The stairs were behind her in relation to the stage. It was all Christmas music and Night Castle music this year. No covers, no special guests. Catch them if you can.

Tidbit: New Orleans needs a better concert venue, one that is big enough to attract the good shows but not so big that it swallows them (SuperDome), one that is also built for great sound and where all of the seats face the stage.

Tidbit: Speaking of New Orleans and today's QOTD, ESPN's Wright Thompson wrote a lovely tribute to New Orleans and the Saints. Fabulous read.

Tidbit: Laugh of the day for NFL fans comes courtesy of Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

The Cowboys are the league's top TV draw, so the NFL schedules good opponents for Dallas in December.

The NFL schedule burdened the Cowboys with the Chargers, Saints, Redskins, and Eagles this year for their last four games. The Chargers, Redskins, and Saints were all 8-8 last year and the Eagles were 9-6-1. The NFL couldn't have been neutral? I know, I know. Neutral is anti-Cowboys, too.

Tidbit: For all of their own missteps and considerable political opposition, the greens still have one overpowering argument. They should stick to it.

5 song iTune shuffle:

  1. A Rush Of Blood To The Head 5:51 Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  2. Everlasting Cocksucker 5:14 Marilyn Manson Smells Like Children
  3. Pinion 1:03 Nine Inch Nails Broken
  4. I'm Not The Man 3:46 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged
  5. Suicide Solution 4:20 Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard Of Ozz
Quote of the Day
The soul of New Orleans is in a trumpet and a low-ceilinged bar. It's in the free red beans in the back. It's in the art hanging near the food that has two dogs howling at a New Orleans Saints moon. It's in the voice of Kermit Ruffins, two hours into his standing Thursday night gig at a packed club hidden in the neighborhood behind the French Quarter, the place weathered and peeling like the side of a workingman's boat.
Wright Thompson, ESPN.com

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "At 8-5 the Cowboys are in serious trouble."

I'm just not getting all of the doom and gloom coming out of Dallas about the Cowboys. Their fate is in their hands. What more could a fan ask for? -Rob

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Nice piece by Thompson.

People getting up in the middle of a performance is a pet peeve of mine. Unless one must deal with a child or a biological emergency they should be respectful of their fellow event goers. I've noticed this a lot more at sporting events the last few years. I'm getting rather cranky about it.

We saw TSO here Wednesday afternoon. It was my first time and I enjoyed it a lot. We had tickets last year too, but I had surgery and couldn't sit through the show. The wife and kids went, but they had terrible seats. Our seats this year were pretty good. Still cheap seats, but we had a straight-on view of the stage and were below the lighting scaffolding so we got to see the entire light show (last year the wife was above the scaffolding and couldn't see anything).

Being my first time, I didn't know what to expect. I thought the Christmas story portion was unnecessarily long and the narrator wasn't all that good. I can't stand any of the male singers, but the female singers were amazing. I think, like you, the mix could have been better. I'm a big fan of Al Pitrelli and would really have liked to hear more of his stuff.

My kids loved the pyrotechnics. My four-year-old's favorite parts of the show were the flames. Overall, a really good production and I look forward to next year.

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