Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Based in New York City, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) unites a full orchestra, a chorus, hard rock and heavy metal guitars, bass and drums along with a massive stage show to create a show that is unmatched in the music industry today. The idea for TSO initially came to long time writer and producer Paul O’Neill in 1993. He wanted to create not just albums, but sonic masterpieces. O’Neill approached long time friends Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli, then members of the progressive metal band Savatage, and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of TSO. The band released two albums: “Christmas Eve and other Stories” in 1996 and “The Christmas Attic” in 1998, but soared in popularity when they began touring in 1999 after completing their third rock opera, “Beethoven’s Last Night”. TSO had sold more than 9 million concert tickets and over 8 million albums.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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The band incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers,”enough pyro to be seen from the international space station”, moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music. Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium. These numbers are even more impressive when you factor in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, never playing a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act. The band initially started out small, performing just a handful of shows in the northeast and mid-west, but since 1999 due to their incredible popularity, TSO has used a dual touring band setup – with two complete touring bands with identical stage shows covering the country. Since Trans-Siberian Orchestra began touring, the band has donated over $10 million to a combination of local and national charities and at every tour stop, the band donates at least $1 or more from each ticket sold to a local charity in the city where they are performing.

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