Deck The Halls With The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2016 Announcement

You might recall that Staples commercial that usually starts to run around this time of the year with the popular holiday classic “Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” playing in the background. It’s the one with the father rejoicing about his children returning to classes in the coming weeks. I’ve always enjoyed that one but for me the most wonderful time of the touring announcements comes around the time as well and the joyous celebration is based on it being the news about the sensory overload that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The group has just released the full Winter itinerary and it will be presenting “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve” along with some selected hits and hit over sixty cities and with a dual company being active that is more than 100 concerts. The lengthy press release and tour dates are below the poster so grab a fresh cup of iced coffee and indulge. I’ll return at the close with some additional thoughts.


National Press Release:


“The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” Tour Launches November 17; Fan Club Pre-Sale Begins September 7; Public Tickets Available Beginning September 16

Los Angeles, CA (August 16, 2016) – Paul O’Neill launched a project in 1996 that over the past 20 years has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The progressive rock group’s record-setting “rock theater” tours sell out venues year after year and have cemented TSO’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. Now, TSO’s creator/lyricist/composer O’Neill is proud to announce that in its Platinum anniversary year, the group is bringing back its treasured tale, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 61 cities across North America beginning on November 17th and concluding, after 105 shows, with special New Year’s Eve performances in Seattle and Cleveland (see below for a full itinerary). TSO’s Winter Tour 2016 is presented nationally by the Hallmark Channel.

The tour pre-sale opens to fan club members on September 7 through September 9, with the general public on sale set to begin on September 16 (see for details). TSO is pleased to announce that each concert ticket purchased online will include a digital audio copy of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. This is the first time these songs have been released in an audio package, and the album features a bonus track titled “Music Box Blues (Daryl Pediford Tribute New York 2004).”

Debuted last year to rave critical and fan reviews, and based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” follows the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater on December 24th. While seeking shelter from the cold, the teen is discovered by the theater’s caretaker who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building’s past to turn her life around. The rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” 2016’s tour will see an all new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

O’Neill said, “This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO has never done. It brought back so many memories to see Ossie Davis and everyone else who helped make that TV special into the annual tradition that it has become. The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band’s decision to take it back out on the road this year. As always we have new artists, new special effects and lots of surprises in store. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the road.”

2015 was another landmark year for TSO, with their hit tour and the release of the chart-topping new album, Letters from the Labyrinth (TSO’s third Top 10 album debut in a row, it spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Chart). 2015’s tour hit 60 cities across North America and played to more than 850,000 people. The run grossed more than $41 million in just 45 days which resulted in it being ranked No. 15 on the “Top 200 North American Tours” chart and No. 30 on the “Top 100 Worldwide Tours” chart by concert industry trade Pollstar magazine.


The tour was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in a cover story for the Wall Street Journal. In the summer of 2015, at the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany, TSO produced an industry first when the group performed a coordinated set across the festival’s massive two main stages, to a crowd of over 80,000 fans.

TSO has cemented itself as one of the world’s biggest rock acts, by playing approximately 2,000 shows for nearly 13 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $580 million, and selling in excess of 10 million albums and DVDs. In 2009, Billboard magazine placed TSO at No. 25 on its “Top Touring Artists of the Decade.”

As in all previous years, $1 to $2 of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, in excess of $13 million has been distributed to worthy charities all across North America.

The Tour Dates:
11/17/2016: Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/17/2016: Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid America Center 7:30 PM
11/18/2016: Allentown, PA @ PPL Center 7:30 PM
11/19/2016: Worcester, MA @ DCU Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/19/2016: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/20/2016: Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/20/2016: Colorado Springs, CO @ World Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/22/2016: Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/23/2016: Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre 8:00 PM
11/25/2016: Wilkes Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/25/2016: El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/26/2016: Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/26/2016: Lubbock, TX @ United Spirit Arena 7:00 PM
11/27/2016: Albany, NY @ Times Union Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/27/2016: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena 3:30PM & 7:30PM
11/30/2016: Charleston, WV @ Charleston Civic Center 7:30 PM
11/30/2016: Little Rock, AR @ Verizon 7:30 PM
12/1/2016: Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena 7:30 PM
12/1/2016: Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center 7:30 PM
12/2/2016: Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/2/2016: Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena 7:30 PM
12/3/2016: Dayton, OH @ Nutter Center 3PM & 7:30PM
12/3/2016: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/4/2016: Buffalo, NY @ First Niagra Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/4/2016: St Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/7/2016: Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum 7:30 PM
12/7/2016: Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse 7:30 PM
12/8/2016: Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena 7:30 PM
12/8/2016: Moline, IL @ iWireless Arena 7:30 PM
12/9/2016: Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/9/2016: Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/10/2016: Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/10/2016: St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/11/2016: Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/11/2016: Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/14/2016: Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena 7:30 PM
12/14/2016: Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena 7:30 PM
12/15/2016: Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center 7:30 PM
12/15/2016: Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 PM
12/16/2016: Hershey, PA @ Giant Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/16/2016: Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/17/2016: Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/17/2016: Orlando, FL @ Amway Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/18/2016: Hartford, CT @ XL Center 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
12/18/2016: Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/21/2016: Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/21/2016: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22/2016: Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22/2016: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23/2016: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23/2016: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26/2016: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26/2016: Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/27/2016: Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27/2016: Ontario, CA @ Citizens Business Bank Arena 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
12/28/2016: Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/29/2016: Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2016: Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2016: Portland, OR @ Moda Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/31/2016: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena 3:00 PM & 9:00 PM
12/31/2016: Seattle, WA @ Key Arena 3:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: : Isn’t that some great news to bring a little bit of a cooler mindset into your world my friends? I’m saying it like that because if you’re in the NYC region like we are you must also be suffering from the incendiary heat that we have been on the receiving end of but don’t worry it should all be over soon enough. The Farmer’s Almanac just predicted a brutal Winter so we will be facing those sub-zero degrees eventually. That said I am super excited about the TSO announcement and well, I always am because it was one of the first things that I ever wrote about as a scribe and I have been seeing them in concert each and every year since 2000. I only ever missed the first tour but I do go at least once each season. I don’t get to follow the orchestra around like some of the diehards do but I live it through their Facebook stories and photos which is good enough for me. I admit some surprise that we are getting “Ghosts Of Christmas Eve” as opposed to “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” since the groups debut album will hit its 20th Anniversary this October. I am also surprised that we are not finding them hitting the no longer new Barclays Center since that would be fantastic (as we live in Brooklyn ourselves). I know for sure that I am going to mark the Prudential Center show on my calendar and you should get your favorite device out and check off the date nearest you. If you have never seen this before I can only say that it’s an experience that is unlike any other and if you think I am pulling your leg, please remember that I have seen them for sixteen years in a row and that makes about nineteen shows for me. I’m sold and I am going to go as often as possible. You can let me know what you think of these dates and the tours focus in the comments section below. Perhaps you lifers can convince some of the newbies to make the plunge and get their TSO on. Ciao for now and back to the heat.

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