From the very beginning of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, one of the original talents, who has since become a lead guitarist and director, is Al Pitrelli. Al is one of the most successful rock musicians in the United States, if not the world. I found him to be one of the more congenial and unassuming, really big industry talents that I have visited with in a long time.
Our interview on Episode 32 of the Free Range Texan Podcast reveals quickly that Al Pitrelli is more than just a remarkable stage performer, he is also a husband and father to a family with which he manages to stay close.
While he has been a professional musician from the earliest part of his life, for a couple of decades he has been enthralled in his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Touring around the world more times than he can remember, he is quick to point out that a show that he does in California, Texas, New York, London, Paris, etc., are the same performances once the lights go down.
For those of you who have not experienced a Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance, I would suggest that you are missing out on what very well could be the most remarkable concert/stage performance produced anywhere on the globe. Describing it is nothing short of impossible. But the lights, sound, pyrotechnics, stage sets, and music are world class. And we thought we would bring you a couple of examples here on our podcast blog.
Having Al Pitrelli as a guest on the Free Range Texan Podcast barely into our second year of episodes, was about as good as it gets for our podcasting team! If you have witnessed a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert in person or just seen videos and heard them on broadcast stations, we are certain that you will appreciate a behind the scenes interview with one of the driving force members of the TSO family. Episode 32 turned out to be a bell-ringer for us. Our Podcast rolls Thursday, November 7th after sunset. Enjoy!