Multi-platinum, progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) today announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour returns in 2021. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the group’s landmark album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” this year’s multi-sensory extravaganza visits 59 cities for 99 performances and kicks off on Wednesday, November 17, including a return visit to Orlando’s Amway Center for two performances on Saturday, December 18. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 17 at 10 a.m. ET.
Pre-sales for TSO fan club members begin on Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10, both at 10 a.m. ET. Additional pre-sales begin on Monday, September 13 and Thursday, September 16, both at 10 a.m. ET. For more details on tour dates and ticket sales, visit www.trans-siberian.com.
Certified three-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) for selling three million copies in the U.S., “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” includes the mega-hit "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" and is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. The album spawned the bring-the-whole-family rock holiday tradition that has now played to more than 17 million fans all across the United States.
TSO’s music director and lead guitarist Al Pitrelli said, “After an incredibly trying year for everyone, we are beyond excited to say that we’re bringing Christmas Eve and Other Stories back to all of you. We were amazed by the turnout for last year's livestream and how many of you continued to celebrate the tradition we have created together. It’s been 25 years since Paul (O’Neill) first introduced all of us to this timeless tale. Let’s celebrate this milestone event together. God bless and stay safe everyone.”
A product of the vision and imagination of TSO’s late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” follows a story set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to retrieve what is best representative of humanity. Following favorite TSO themes of “strangers helping strangers” and “the kindness of others,” “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father.
The album and tour feature fan-favorites as “Ornament,” "Promises To Keep," "This Christmas Day," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy,” and the epic “Old City Bar.” The rock opera also features such TSO classics as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24." Additionally, the tour will enjoy a second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers including "Christmas Canon,” “Wizards In Winter” and many more.
Since its touring debut, TSO has played more than 2,000 Winter Tour shows for nearly 17 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $725 million, and has sold in excess of 12 million albums and DVDs. Year-after-year, TSO hits the upper reaches of the domestic and worldwide tour charts. In June 2020, TSO was ranked number one on Pollstar magazine’s Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours Mid-Year chart, number two on the Top 100 North American Tours Mid-Year chart, and number three on the Top 100 Worldwide Tours Mid-Year chart. Last December, TSO was ranked number two on Pollstar’s Top 200 North American Tours Year-End chart and number three on the Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours Year-End chart. In 2009, TSO was ranked number 20 on Pollstar’s “Top Tour(s) of the Decade” and TSO placed number 25 on Billboard’s “Top Touring Artists of the Decade.”
TSO remains one of rock’s most charitable band and is contributing at least $1 from every ticket sold to charity, which includes this winter tour. To date, approximately $16 million has been donated by the group.