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Published: Friday, November 23, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra punches up holiday classics

  • Glen Campbell brings his Goodbye Tour to the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on Tuesday.

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    Glen Campbell brings his Goodbye Tour to the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on Tuesday.

  • Celtic Thunder, a quintet of singers, performs in Everett in December 2008. They will play Wednesday and Thursday at McCaw Hall.

    herald file photo

    Celtic Thunder, a quintet of singers, performs in Everett in December 2008. They will play Wednesday and Thursday at McCaw Hall.

  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform two shows on Saturday at KeyArena.

    Bob Carey

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform two shows on Saturday at KeyArena.

Just like the family Christmas decorations, the Christmas acts generally don't come out until after Thanksgiving.
That makes Trans-Siberian Orchestra's stop in Seattle this Saturday right on time.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is known for draining a bit of the subtlety -- oh, let's be honest, all of the subtlety -- out of Christmas classics, playing elaborately staged, amped-up versions of songs like "O Come, All Ye Faithful."
The band started as the brainchild of rock producer Paul O'Neill, who worked with Aerosmith before branching off on his own.
Now, his group tours the country every holiday season. For its stop at Seattle's KeyArena, the orchestra will play two shows, at 3 and at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $44.74 to $83.84 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
And speaking of elaborately staged music, Celtic Thunder is making a return.
As its name implies, Celtic Thunder puts a little boom into the music of the British Isles, offering up grand takes on classics like "Maid of Culmore" and pop classics like Van Morrison's "Moondance."
The show was conceived as a theatrical performance of Irish music, and was first staged in Dublin. After the recording of that performance became a hit with the PBS crowd, the group began touring regularly, balancing its stage work with a steady stream of new albums.
The five-piece group will headline McCaw Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Tickets are $70.40 to $86.61 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
The Paramount Theatre, meanwhile, will host country star Glen Campbell as he continues his Goodbye Tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, and a couple of months later, released what is expected to be his final studio album, "Ghost on the Canvas."
The album won acclaim, in part for showcasing Campbell at his best while side-stepping the potentially morbid tone implied by its title.
Instead, fans were reminded why Campbell was one of the most popular country singers of the 1960s and 1970s, a man known for classics such as "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Galveston."
Tickets are $21.25 to $61.25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
On a very different note, Dethlok will headline the Showbox SoDo at 6 tonight, as the mock-death metal act plays a string of dates with Machine Head and All That Remains.
Dethlok grew out of "Metalocalypse," an Adult Swim cartoon featuring a made-up band. The success of the show led to the group becoming a real live touring act, like Spinal Tap.
Dethlok, which pokes fun at heavy metal while paying it homage, released its third album, "Metalocalypse: Dethalbum III" in October. That album, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, featured forked-tongue-in-cheek tracks such as "Impeach God" and "Killstardo Abominate."
Tickets are $40 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
Finally, the bluegrass act the Punch Brothers will play the Neptune Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Punch Brothers formed after the popular pop-folk group Nickel Creek disbanded. Chris Thile, a master at the mandolin, assembled the five-piece band, which quickly found a following.
The group has released three albums since 2008, with its current tour in support of its most recent album, "Whose Feeling Young Now?" which debuted at No. 1 on the bluegrass charts.
Tickets are $20 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Andy Rathbun: arathbun@heraldnet.com.

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