Yesterday, the Holiday Juggernaut that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra delivered a pair of shows at Newark’s own Prudential Center and I was in attendance for the matinee of these two shows. The tour for this year is called the “All-New Christmas Eve and Other Stories” Tour and finds the ensemble returning to their famous debut album after a few years of mixing it up. They’ve been at this for 21 years and I’ve been on board with the live shows for 20 of them. During one of the few breaks in the program, guitarist and de-facto emcee Chris Caffery reminded us that none of this would have ever been possible without the tireless efforts of the late, great Paul O’Neill who came up with the whole idea in the first place. Though we lost Paul in 2017, he is the bands Guardian Angel up above and it was here that Chris shared how during some rehearsals that they found some never before heard music of Paul playing an acoustic guitar and singing a deeply touching number called “Can You Hear Me Now”. The song is about 35 years old according to Chris who maintained it was like having Paul speaking to them once again. The TSO would premiere this song during this tour and while Chris said it was the first time being heard, he had to mean by this particular audience as its been done on the entire run so far this year. He choked up as he looked to the sky saying “We Hear You Loud and Clear Boss”.
The cooler breeze that’s being enjoyed in my metropolis today was almost the perfect lead into the news about the Winter 2018 tour by the mighty Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Once more, the pair of massive ensembles will be hitting the road to entertain you like few others can ever manage and the full press release and ALL tour dates are below for your examination. Get thee reading.
The Press Release:
Marking the band’s 20th consecutive year of touring, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) today announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2018. TSO’s annual November-December multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater, is set to begin on November 14th and will visit 65 cities across North America, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30th (see full itinerary below). TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by Hallmark Channel.
Beginning today, August 20th, through August 31st, the Winter Tour 2018 will begin its “12 Days of TSO Verified Fan Registration” where all fans can sign up at tso.tmverifiedfan.com (powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan) for exclusive access to the best tickets for the best price before tickets go on-sale to the general public. Pre-sales will begin for TSO fan club members on September 5th at 10:00 a.m. local time for November 14th though November 30th tour dates; on September 6th at 10 a.m. local time for December 1 through December 16 tour dates; and on September 7th at 10 a.m. local time for December 17 through December 30th. Fans who are not members of TSO’s fan club, and who have registered during the “12 Days of TSO Verified Fan Registration” will have the opportunity to participate in a presale on September 11thand 12th. General public on sale is set to begin on September 14th. For more details on tour dates and all on sales, visit the link below.
Continue reading Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announces 20th Anniversary Winter Tour
If you’ve been reading the PiercingMetal website for a while then you already know that I occasionally need to share the sad news about deaths in the entertainment world. Historically speaking, I’ve been doing them since the days when I had “PiercingMetal Musings” as a side blog that had not yet been integrated into the main site as you see now. Back then I always felt weird about doing such posts but as much as good news should be announced so should the bad stuff and as a known “voice” for the Metal Scene, I try to keep up on them when the news hits the wire. Now with this being said, there is no way possible for me to address every single one of them based on the size of the team and the time that we have so starting this year I will be doing a larger rundown of many of the names that I think you would know. Some have already been discussed in our “In Memoriam” Features, and those artists will be highlighted so you can examine the longer toast that we did. Let’s start from the beginning of the year and raise a glass to their memories one more time.
January 16, 2017: Steve Wright (66), American power pop bassist and songwriter (The Greg Kihn Band)
January 18, 2017: Mike Kellie (69), British psychedelic rock and power pop drummer (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones)
January 22, 2017: Pete Overend Watts (69), British glam rock bassist (Mott the Hoople)
January 24, 2017: Butch Trucks (69), American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band, Les Brers)
January 28, 2017: Geoff Nicholls (68), British rock musician and keyboardist (Black Sabbath, Quartz)
January 31, 2017: John Wetton (67), British progressive rock singer, bassist, and songwriter (Asia, King Crimson)
February 1, 2017: Robert Dahlqvist (40), Swedish alternative rock guitarist and singer (The Hellacopters, Thunder Express, Dundertåget)
February 4, 2017: Steve Lang (67), Canadian rock bassist (April Wine)
February 8, 2017: Tony Särkkä (44), Swedish black metal multi-instrumentalist
February 12, 2017: Al Jarreau (76), American jazz singer
February 13, 2017: Trish Doan (31), American heavy metal bassist (Kittie) (death announced on this date)
February 19, 2017: Larry Coryell (73), American jazz fusion guitarist
February 25, 2017: Rick Chavez, American progressive metal singer and guitarist (Drive)
February 25, 2017: Bill Paxton (61), American new wave keyboardist (Martini Ranch) and actor
Continue reading Reflecting On The 2017 Deaths In Music
The news broke late last night and I must admit that I could barely believe what I was reading. It seemed that the super creative Rock Producer Paul O’Neill, mastermind behind the Trans-Siberian Orchestra had passed away at age 61. The bands official statement follows an image I captured during the East Coast Company’s 2016 regional appearance.
The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness. He was our friend and our leader — a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all. We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly.
This one really hits me hard since the music and people involved in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are something that I hold very close to my heart. Those who’ve been reading our site for any measure of time know full well that we’ve been reporting on their performances and releases since our own launch. I’ve even referenced how I was seeing them in concert since the second year of their existence AND was a longtime fan of the Savatage output that Paul was a major part of. His loss at so young an age breaks my musical heart since there were so many worlds of creativity to still be shared and I am hopeful that there was some master plan scribbled down for them to be revealed.
Continue reading Trans-Siberian Orchestra Mastermind Paul O’Neill Has Passed Away (1956-2017)
I can hardly believe that I am writing this but I am got for today marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It was the group’s first album and it blew me away from the very first listen and I can proudly say that I have been listening to this recording since it was released. My introduction to them is on the amusing side because I had been a longtime fan of the band Savatage and was keeping up with their releases as they appeared at the record shop and found the sounds on the album “Dead Winter Dead” to be something very, very different. In my mind the band always pushed the creative envelope and were more than a typical Heavy Metal band but with this body of work there was a grandiose nature to it and even a sense of cinematic or Broadway drama. This was of course due to the creative genius of Paul O’Neill and Jon Oliva who wrote and composed this one from beginning to end. When that album reached the track of “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” I was floored. Yeah I had listened to Heavy Metal Christmas tracks when I heard them but they were few and far between at the time. Stryper had a good one but most of the rest were just Rock artists. This was new and quite different to my aural senses.
Continue reading Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Debut “Christmas Eve & Other Stories”; A Modern Classic At 20 Years