Caesars Windsor holds a bit of tradition for Canadian operatic pop trio The Tenors. The group never misses a chance to stop in the City of Roses and they don’t seem to want to stop that custom any time soon – they’ll be bringing their all new Christmas show to The Colosseum on December 16. It’s the last Canadian date on the tour and the threesome are excited to share some new special effects and a holiday-heavy setlist this time out.
“I think this is going to end up being a wonderful concert,” said Tenor Victor Micallef in a phone interview from the band’s office. “In Windsor there are always a few surprises thrown in because we have such a special bond with everyone there – we’ve got a lot of friends and family there and it’s a bit like a homecoming show for me personally. We even recorded our PBS special for Under One Sky at Caesars, so yeah, Windsor and us, we go way back. It’ll be very close to Christmas when we come to town, so we’ll primarily be singing Christmas songs to go along with the season.”
For The Tenors, 2017 has been all about Christmas. They recently released a brand-new album called Christmas Together, which they recorded earlier this summer. Bringing together the excitement and magic of the season, the 10-track album features new takes on classics like O Come All Ye Faithful, Little Drummer Boy and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, as well as a couple original songs including the new single Santa’s Wish, which was inspired by and written around the classic jingle I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing. JUNO Award winner Johnny Reid also joins the trio for a powerful a cappella rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The album was released Oct. 13.
To go along with the Christmas Together album, the band has rehearsed with a choreographer to add a different element to the live show.
“We were just in a dance studio with a choreographer yesterday to help put some dance moves to an old song that was made famous by The Eagles called Please Come Home For Christmas, which is also on our album,’ Micallef noted. “We’re very excited to share this new element with everyone.”
The Tenors aren’t just about Christmas, but the season does seem to suit their personalities well. They’re a fun loving and personal bunch of guys who somehow seemed to capture the true meaning of Christmas in the new album.
“Christmas has so many meanings to so many different people,” Clifton Murray explained. “For me it’s a very special time of year when magic isn’t just for kids, it’s for everyone. Kindness is on the tip of everybody’s lips. Nostalgia seems to live on in the music of the season and the songs bring so much joy to everyone.”
With nostalgia in mind, The Tenors tackled quite a few classic songs on the new album, something they say they handled with extreme care and consideration.
“Whenever we come out with an album we go through a long process to come up with a list of songs we think would make a strong and cohesive album,” said Fraser Walters. “With a classic like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, which we recorded with the incredible Johnny Reid, we stripped it down to its bare essentials and made an a cappella song out of it. That was also the first time we’ve recorded something in a cappella, so you know a lot of time and effort went in to making it a special piece.”
Christmas Together is the sophomore Christmas album from The Tenors. Their first seasonal album, The Perfect Gift, was released in 2009 and is certified triple-platinum. They have sold more than one million albums worldwide, performed nearly 1,000 shows on five continents and made over 150 television appearances since their creation in 2004.
The Tenors begin their 16-city North American Christmas Tour on Nov. 18 in Los Angeles. Tickets for the Caesars Windsor show start at $30 and are available at Ticketmaster. Visit The Tenors at www.tenorsmusic.com.