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Winter tour celebrates 25th anniversary of multi-Platinum ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’ album
√ Public ticket sales begin Friday, Sept. 17
Multi-Platinum, progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Monday announced its anticipated winter tour will be back for 2021. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the group’s landmark album, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” this year’s multisensory extravaganza kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 17, with performances in Green Bay and Council Bluffs, and will visit 59 cities for 99 performances across America, before concluding Thursday, Dec. 30, in Cleveland and St. Louis (see full itinerary at www.trans-siberian.com).
The show visits KeyBank Center in Buffalo for an evening performance on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
Certified three-times-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 3 million copies in the U.S., “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. Including the mega-hit "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," the album spawned the bring-the-whole-family rock holiday tradition that has now played to more than 17 million fans all across the nation.
Presales for TSO fan club members will be held at 10 a.m. local time Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10. Additional presales will be at 10 a.m. local time Monday, Sept. 13, and Thursday, Sept. 16. General public on sale is set to begin at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Sept. 17. For more details on tour dates and ticket sales, visit www.trans-siberian.com.
TSO’s music director and lead guitarist, Al Pitrelli, said, “After an incredibly trying year for everyone, we are beyond excited to be able 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 this 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.”
Trans-Siberian Orchestra in action. (Photo by Mark Weiss/image courtesy of Scoop Marketing for Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
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 bring back 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 such 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” and “Wizards In Winter.”
Since its touring debut, TSO has played more than 2,000 winter tour shows for approximately 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 No. 1 on Pollstar magazine’s Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours Mid Year chart, No. 2 on the Top 100 North American Tours Mid Year chart, and No. 3 on the Top 100 Worldwide Tours Mid Year chart. In December, TSO was ranked No. 2 on Pollstar’s Top 200 North American Tours Year End chart and No. 3 on the Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours Year End chart. In 2009, Pollstar ranked TSO at No. 20 on the “Top Tour(s) of the Decade” and Billboard placed TSO at No. 25 on its “Top Touring Artists of the Decade.”
TSO remains one of rock’s most charitable bands. Once again, TSO will give at least $1 from every ticket sold to charity. To date, the group has donated approximately $16 million.