It’s Trans-Siberian Orchestra Time

By on November 7, 2019
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In 1999, a group of musicians united and played in 5 cities in front of 12,000 people. This year, that group, called Trans-Siberian Orchestra will offer fans once again the legendary “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” tour.

The tour kicks off the 13th of November in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Council Bluffs, Iowa and follows the previous years’ tradition of providing performances in more than one location the same day. Including stops in venues like Denver, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Nashville, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Houston, the tour wraps up on the 30th of December with a show in Toronto and another one in Chicago. You can find the full list of dates and venues at the end of this article.

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The tour that has grossed $377 million by performing in front of more than 9 million fans in 1,224 shows will feature this year tracks from the group’s 1996 debut album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”, from the 1998 album “The Christmas Attic” and from the 2004 album “The Lost Christmas Eve.” The 66 locations and 109 performances tour presents the audience the story of an angel sent to Earth on Christmas Eve. Just like in Frank Capra’s movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the tour focuses on the small acts of honesty, generosity and genuine kindness that hence enable the angel to discover all that is good in human beings.

The format of the tour is a unique one: a symphonic metal act in a “Rock Theater” that creates and explores the connection of the performing musicians with the audience. This format has turned over the years the tour into a must-see holiday tradition. The 2019 tour will offer audience classic tracks such as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24”, “This Christmas Day”, “Good King Joy”, “Promises To Keep” alongside fan-favorites tracks such as “Old City Bar” and “Ornament’.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is not a permanent musical organization, but the brand name of a series of symphonic rock fusion albums and live performances created by Paul O’Neill. O’Neill was a professional guitarist and producer with a deep impact on the music industry. He played on the Broadway orchestras that staged “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Influenced by “Queen”, “Yes”, Harry Chapin and Jim Croce, O’Neill began to work as a producer in the mid-’80s. With “Aerosmith” and “Badlands” among the names he produced for, O’Neill also engaged in concert planning and execution. He took all the way to Japan famous names such as Bon Jovi, Sting, and Madonna.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s roots are found in Savatage – a heavy metal band founded by Jon and Criss Oliva in 1979 for which O’Neill was also the producer and sometimes writer. The idea of a rock band playing Christmas carols was not appreciated by the music industry but found a fan base among young and adult people. For most recording sessions in the studio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra uses up to 60 instruments orchestra and a choir.

In 1996, the group released their debut album called “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”. Two years later, in 1998, a second album was issued. “The Christmas Attic” also revolved around the Christmas theme. In 2000, the group offered fans the first album not linked to the Christmas theme. In exchange, “Beethoven’s Last Night” album imagined and put in music and on stage Ludwig van Beethoven’s last night on earth, a night he supposedly met Mephistopheles, the symbol of evil.

2004 saw the release of an album that featured all the group’s Christmas recordings. “The Lost Christmas Eve” setting was imagined as being located in New York City and included a toy store, a hotel, a Gothic Cathedral and a blues bar. The album was issued as a 3 CDs and 1 DVD collection.

A second not linked to Christmas theme album was released in 2009. “Night Castle” was also an innovative album telling the story of a soldier present at Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge, a bloody historical event during which more than a million people were killed and buried in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge regime. Despite the tragic theme treated, the album manages to transmit a positive message about hope and the belief there is something good in all human beings. “Night Castle” received mixed reviews: whilst a part of the public adored the album, other was willing to burn it. Aside from the story of the soldier, the album featured also 4 tracks not linked to the theme. It debuted at Number 5 on Billboard Album Charts and received gold and platinum certifications.

In 2012, the group released “Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)”, a 5 song EP through which the group said thank you to their fan base. A year later, in 2013, “Merry Christmas Rabbi” was issued. This album has often been cited as the missing piece to the Christmas trilogy.

After the death of O’Neill in April 2017, the group announced they will continue touring in loving memory of O’Neill. The same year, bassist David Z, also died. The group maintained their decision to continue with the Christmas tours and they celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2018 with the tour “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”. TSO has also built a tradition in helping charity causes. Since they began touring, more than $10$ have been donated to local and national charity associations, mainly to those that provide support to children.

Renowned for the combination of high-quality rock opera with visual effects such as lasers, pyrotechnics and lights, Trans-Siberian Orchestra live tours have granted the group the ranking as one of “Top 25 Touring Artists of the past decade”, a ranking put together in 2009 by “Billboard”. Seats are available at most venues below. Be sure to see our listings from the top ticket sites.

Here is the full list of the last dates and venues:

November 13 – Resch Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin
November 13 – Mid America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa
November 14 – Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
November 15 – Covelli Center, Youngstown, Ohio
November 16 – PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania
November 16 – Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
November 17 – DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
November 17 – World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado
November 20 – PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
November 20 – Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
November 21 – Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
November 21 – Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho
November 22 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
November 22 – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington
November 23 – SNHU Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire
November 23 – Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
November 24 – XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
November 24 – Tacomadome, Tacoma, Washington
November 26 – SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
November 27 – Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio
November 29 – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
November 29 – Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
November 30 – Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio
November 30 – Toyota Arena, Ontario, California
December 1 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
December 1 – Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
December 4 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
December 4 – Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
December 5 – Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
December 5 – United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas
December 6 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
December 6 – INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas
December 7 – Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
December 7 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
December 8 – Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Georgia
December 8 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
December 11 – Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
December 11 – Legacy Arena at The BJCC, Birmingham, Alabama
December 12 – John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
December 12 – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
December 13 – Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
December 13 – BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
December 14 – KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
December 14 – Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
December 15 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 15 – Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
December 18 – Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York
December 18 – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
December 19 – Times Union Center, Albany, New York
December 19 – Fedex Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
December 20 – NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
December 20 – BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
December 21 – Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
December 21 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
December 22 – PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
December 22 – Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
December 23 – Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
December 23 – AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
December 26 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
December 26 – Enterprise Center, St Louis, Missouri.
December 27 – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio
December 27 – Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
December 28 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
December 28 – Xcel Energy Center, St Paul, Minnesota
December 30 – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
December 30 – Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois