Like an overloaded holiday table, “The Lost Christmas Eve” just proved too much of a good thing, the storytelling bloated with too many power ballads, meandering musical interludes and lofty rhyming from the narrator. But the band introductions provided a bit of a palate cleanser, and when Pitrelli asked “Are you ready for a rock show?,” the audience was indeed.
Although less emotionally attuned to the season, the last third of the 2 ½-hour show was actually more electrifying, as the band blasted through hits like “The Mountain,” its rendition of Grieg's “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” its orchestral-metal take on “Requiem,” from the TSO album “Beethoven's Last Night” and its majestic holiday favorites “This Christmas Day” and “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24).”
— Brandy McDonnell
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