Concert preview: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Joel Oliphint

You know that one cover band full of graying longhairs at your local bar that somehow manages to turn every song into an '80s-inspired shred fest, be it Smash Mouth's "All Star" or Third Eye Blind's "Jumper"? That is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an arena prog-rock act that will shreddify any Christmas song you throw at it, perhaps most famously a flame-licked version of "Carol of the Bells." And while I usually don't include corporate sponsors in write-ups, the fact that this head-banging tour is sponsored by the Hallmark Channel is further proof that even the most metal of intentions can be thwarted by holiday commerce.(Fans only)

Nationwide Arena

4 & 8 p.m. Thursday,

Dec. 29

200 W. Nationwide Blvd.,Arena District