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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA’S 2016 WINTER TOUR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF TSO

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 www.trans-siberian.com 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.

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

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