Trans-Siberian Orchestra Launches Holiday Tour Nov. 3 In Omaha & Youngstown

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Launches Holiday Tour Nov. 3 In Omaha & Youngstown

Some eager Santas start preparing for the holiday season on Nov. 1.

Those that are more traditional wait until the day after Thanksgiving to get in the mood.

The ones who say “Bah! Humbug!” more than they say “Ho, Ho, Ho,” usually wait until Christmas Eve to catch the Yuletide spirit.

No matter when you start gearing up for Christmas, there is one tradition that needs your attention before the end Summer. That tradition is of course the annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday tour.

On Nov. 3, the largest symphonic rock production in the annuals of Christmas and popular music launches a 78-date tour of North America.

As has been the case since 2000 (the outfit started touring in 1999), TSO splits into two bands so they can play more shows and delight more fans. TSO West starts in Omaha, Nebraska while TSO East kicks things off in Youngstown, Ohio.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Discography
Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996)
The Christmas Attic (1998)
Beethoven’s Last Night (2000)
The Lost Christmas Eve (2004)
Night Castle (2009)

The tour is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 30 in St. Louis, Missouri and Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Some of the big time shows planned for the United States include the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on Nov. 17; the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois on Nov. 26; and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Dec. 15.

For the Great White North, Trans-Siberian Orchestra visits Vancouver, British Columbia on Nov. 12; Ottawa, Ontario on Dec. 22; and then on the following day Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs in Toronto.

For fan club members, Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets go on pre-sale Sept. 1. For all others, tickets go on sale beginning Sept. 18.

By the way, the last full day of summer is Sept. 21.

Land of Punt mentioned earlier that TSO’s tour spans 78-dates but the number of shows they’ll be performing is far greater. Due to matinees in most major markets, TSO will actually be playing in excess of 125 shows.

Sadly, this year’s tour will be sans guitarist Alex Skolnick (former member of Testament). While singing the group’s praises, and recalling fond memories of past tours, the guitar virtuoso says

the strain of performing so many high energy shows in such a short period of time has become too much to endure.

Skolnick will be missed but the show must go on. TSO fans should still expect great Christmas music, lasers, pyrotechnics, visual theatrics, and state-of-the-art lighting effects.

Regardless of who’s on stage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra strives to make every performance a priceless holiday memory.

“When someone goes to a TSO concert, we don’t want them to walk away saying ‘That was a great show,’ or ‘That was worth it,’ or even ‘That was the best show I’ve seen in a long time,” explained TSO founder Paul O’Neill in a press release. “We want them to say, ‘Man, that was the best show ever; we just ripped that band off.”

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