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Aaron Joy & Roman Midnight Music Presents: The World Of Trans-Siberian Orche

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Respected music critic/author Aaron Joy (owner of Roman Midnight Music record label, host of blogtalkradio's "Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews" & biographer of TSO guitarist Al Pitrelli) takes a weekly look at the enigma that is the popular rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Loved by some, decried by others for leaving its metal roots; a rehash of past music or braving new musical frontiers; a band or a revolving door of musicians; past it's prime or the most revolutionary rock band out there? Includes music clips, discussion, history. Each episode is theme driven, looking at the past, present & future & all things TSO related, including Savatage. *** This show is in no way formally associated with TSO/Savatage or any of its participants. *** After nearly two years the show went off the air, but feel free to contact the host long after the fact, find him on facebook or follow his twitter & blogs. Transcriptions of all interviews can be found on his interviews blog (http://www.aaronjoyrockinterviews.blogspot.com), plus his ongoing work as biographer of Al Pitrelli gets a behind the scenes blog (www.7degreesalpitrelli.blogspot.com). *** In other work, visit Aaron's popular weekly cd/dvd reviews blog (www.romanmidnightmusic.blogspot.com), his other podcast of rock interviews (www.blogtalkradio.com/romanmidnightmusic), has authored numerous fiction book (www.lulu.com/aronmatyas) and creates ambiatic avant-garde/drone/noize music under the name Blank Faced Prophet

On-Demand Episodes

Final episode. A look at the climactic Savatage album Hall Of The Mountain King, plus a rare demo from original bassist Keith Collins.

A look at the Savatage album 'Fight For The Rock', the first album with bassist Johnny Lee Middleton

A mention of some Savatage tribute bands - Avatage, Sirens, Legions, The Unholy, Streets, Madmen & Poets, Strange Wings, Ghost In The Ruins.

A look at 'Edge Of Thorns', the final album to feature Criss Oliva and the first without Jon Oliva as vocalist, and 'Ghost In The Ruins', the live album released in tribute to Criss.

A look at Jon Oliva's post-Savatage band featuring guitarist Matt LaPorte, plus an update from Italian tribute band Strange Wings.

A look at a recent vocal addition to TSO - Jeff Scott Soto. JSS has performed with Journey, is the first singer of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, numerous bands as a guest & member & has an active solo career.

A look at current events of TSO, including the Beethoven's Last Night Tour and first European tour & changing line-up

A look at the 2010 novel 'Beethoven's Immortal' by Jeff Fuell that uses TSO's album 'Beethoven's Last Night' as a theme.

A look at the Paul O'Neill penned Savatage concept album 'Streets: A Rock Opera'. This would be the last album to feature Jon Oliva until the final Savatage album.

A look at Savatage's 1989 album 'Gutter Ballet', currently being re-recorded by TSO. It was inspired by 'Phantom Of The Opera' and marks the first major turn toward progressive rock
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