This year is the 20th anniversary of Trans-Siberian Orchestra! In 1996, lyricist Jon Oliva and producer Paul O’Neill of the heavy metal band Savatage released an album of Christmas songs called Christmas Eve and Other Stories under the TSO moniker, combining with rock and classical music. Since beginning to tour in 1999, their concerts have become an annual tradition for many families across the United States. The band now sends out two touring groups from mid-November to the end of December each year, and in large part thanks to the number of concerts they hold, TSO is one of the best-selling concert acts of the year. Since 1996, the band has released six studio albums, including Christmas-themed rock operas, a Beethoven-themed rock-opera, and last year released their first non-rock opera album.
TSO’s reputation and success as an annually touring holiday-themed band was actually unintentional. Originally created as a side project for Savatage band members Oliva, O’Neill, Robert Kinkel, and Al Pitrelli, the band intended on first releasing a non-Christmas rock opera, Romanov. When that project was shelved, Christmas Eve and Other Stories was released. In 1998, the band dropped a second record, The Lost Christmas Eve. When their first tour was based on the supremely popular first album, it cemented the band’s legacy. As a consequence, Savatage has mostly been dormant ever since.
This year the band is continuing the well-received “Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour” first run last year. Combining elements originally created for the band’s 1999 made-for-TV movie, along with their usual mix of music and eye-popping light displays, it promises to be a sensory-filled experience. Attendees can expect a selection of music choices considered by the band to best their best work. Don’t miss out; find Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets today. The tour begins November 17.