American progressive rock band TSO incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic and progressive elements into their hard rock/heavy metal music for an impressive and epic sound. Their Christmas themed rock operas have become holiday favorites for fans of all ages.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) epitomizes what success in the music industry is all about. They have garnered an international fan following and their singles like, Wizards in Winter and Fireflies show how talented they really are. In 2016, they made waves once again when they dropped their first soundtrack album, ‘The Ghost of Christmas Eve.’ Produced by Michael Owen, Paul O’ Neill and Taro Meyer, the record featured ten songs, including O Holy Night which is a collaborative effort with Michael Crawford.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra caught the attention of the music fraternity when they began touring in 1999. Since then, they have gone on to perform rock operas all over the world. The spectacle of their live performances cannot be put into words and it is something to experience firsthand. Now that they are on tour, you can become a part of their one-of-a-kind show by getting your Trans Siberian Orchestra tickets.
Early Life & Influences
The late Paul O’Neill was the brain behind the formation of the band. When he decided to form the group, his goal was to take progressive rock music to a whole new level. He stated:
“The whole idea was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries (of the genre) further than any group before... Way, way further.”
O’Neill was interested in rock music from a young age. He fell in love with Broadway musicals and became a fan of legendary stars, Harry Chapin and Jim Croce. He kicked off his career by playing guitar in two musicals, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Hair.’ Paul O’Neill later went on to become the manager of Scorpions, Aerosmith and AC/DC.
He then began working with heavy metal band, Savatage. He worked on quite a few of their albums like, ‘Hall of the Mountain King,’ ‘Gutter Ballet,’ ‘Dead Winter Dead’ and ‘Streets: A Rock Opera.’ While still working with Savatage, O’Neill became close friends with Jon Oliva, Robert Kinkel and Al Pitrelli who were members of the group. All three would later become an integral part of his grand vision, the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Breakthrough & Recognition
In 1996, TSO signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and later the same year, they released their first studio album, ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories.’ The record was a massive success globally and was certified three times platinum by the RIAA. It peaked at the third spot on the Top Holiday Albums chart and made them extremely famous in the United States. The critics also praised the record, with AllMusic giving it four stars out of five.
‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’ marked an incredible start to TSO’s journey. The band continued to surprise the world with its music and dropped its sophomore album, ‘The Christmas Attic’ in 1998. It managed to sell more than one million copies in the US and offered two singles including, Christmas Canon which landed at the ninth spot on the Holiday 100 chart. In 2016, this song was ranked at the sixth spot in SoundScan’s list of the ‘All-time Best Selling Christmas/ holiday Digital Singles.’
Trans-Siberian Orchestra kept producing hits and released two more studio efforts in the early 2000s, ‘Beethoven’s Last Night’ and ‘The Lost Christmas Eve.’ Both albums showcased their exceptional range and featured great symphonic rock music. The latter racked up sales of over two million in the United States and spawned a single, Wizards in Winter which was used in Jordan’s Furniture Christmas LITE Show in 2009.
TSO has become one of the biggest progressive rock groups in history. They have accumulated albums sales of more than ten million, worldwide. They have also impressed critics with their hard hitting sounds.
Notable Work and Album Releases
So far, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has released seven studio albums. In 2009, the band churned out its fifth full-length studio record, ‘Night Castle.’ It climbed to the first spot on the Top Rock Hard Albums chart and spawned a single, Nutrocker which appeared in films like, ‘Big Momma’s House’ and ‘Butcher Boy.’ In addition, ‘Night Castle’ was their second studio album to be awarded platinum certification in the United States.
Apart from studio efforts, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has also released two compilation records till now.
Trans Siberian Orchestra Tour Tickets
Trans-Siberian Orchestra love playing music live. They are famous for their spectacular shows and the fact they were labeled one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium by the Billboard Magazine and Pollstar proves the point. TSO is now scheduled to perform multiple shows throughout the month of November and beyond. This is a perfect opportunity for you to watch them perform live. So, grab your Trans Siberian Orchestra tour tickets and rock out to their powerful performances.