By Gunner Glam
Not often would historic music mesh well with the modern rock and roll setting. However, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra takes the sounds of classical, orchestral, symphonic and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal.
These concerts share a unique experience of lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, moving trusses, video screens and effects synchronized to music, all of which takes 15 hours to set up. TSO is very well known for these concerts, which are critically acclaimed.
Founded in 1993 by producer, composer and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of the band, Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team.
Since then, TSO sold more than nine million concert tickets and over eight million copies of their albums.
The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of its Christmas trilogy) and its two-disc Night Castle.
TSO is also known for its extensive charity work and elaborate concerts.
Since the band began touring, it has donated over $10 million to a combination of local and national charities. At every tour stop, the group donates one dollar or more from each ticket sold to a local charity in the city it is performing in.
Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked TSO as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium.
TSO first toured in 1999, performing a handful of concerts in Upper Darby, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit.
In 2009, Billboard ranked TSO as one of the Top 25 Touring Artists of the past decade.
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