Trans-Siberian Orchestra

August 30, 2006

In the decade since Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) debuted, the group has sold more than five million albums and performed before more than two million fans in sold-out venues across the country. On Nov. 3, the Wizards of Winter return with their biggest touring production yet – an eight-week, 117-show arena tour that will thrill audiences from coast to coast. Tickets for the entire tour will go on sale to fan club members on Sept. 12, and will be available to the general public starting on Sept. 15. For each ticket purchased, one dollar will be donated to local charities.

The passionate fan base that has made TSO both the most successful annual tour in North America and the hottest ticket of the winter already knows to expect the unexpected from the group’s concert performances, which combine the arena-rock spectacles of Pink Floyd and the musicality of Queen. This year, the group plans to add even more elements to its live sensory extravaganza, which already includes an orchestral string section, a full rock band, multiple vocalists, a narrator, extensive pyrotechnics, a stunning laser- and light show and even a snowfall.

Coming off its most successful tour yet – both the top-grossing and best-attended annual tour of 2005 – TSO is also enjoying more notoriety than ever before. Last year, a fan in Ohio – an electrical engineer by day – spent two months and $10,000 of his own money to develop a jaw- dropping display on his front lawn, in which some 25,000 Christmas lights fired in perfect sync to TSO’s “Wizards In Winter.” A video of the dazzling light show quickly became the talk of the internet, and the Miller Lite beer company soon requisitioned the footage for use in a national television commercial campaign (“Enjoy the Lites”).

Trans-Siberian Orchestra was born when Paul O’Neill – the group’s producer and lyricist, and its primary composer approached longtime friends Jon Oliva, Robert Kinkel, and Al Pitrelli to help him record the song “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24),” a holiday-inspired instrumental with a rock n’ roll edge. The song – which combined the timeless melodies of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Carol Of The Bells” with new, original music – was an instant radio hit, garnering airplay in diverse formats from classical to pop, and metal to adult-contemporary.

In 1996, “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” became the centerpiece of Christmas Eve and Other Stories, the group’s double-platinum debut album. It showcased the group’s unique “symphonic rock,” which fuses elements of pop, folk, Broadway, R&B, hard rock and orchestral music into a distinctive blend of original compositions and classical standards. Critics from such well-known publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and People championed the group’s music as one of the most ambitious and unique sounds of modern times, with Rolling Stone praising its “stately yuletide rock operas with high-concept subject matter and majestic processionals.”

After the release of 1998’s The Christmas Attic – which, along with Christmas Eve and Other Stories and 2004’s The Lost Christmas Eve, is now one of the 10 best-selling holiday records annually – the demand for live TSO performances became overwhelming. Nearly a decade later, it still is. Billboard, which praises TSO’s winter tour as a “rock extravaganza that incorporates elaborate staging, metal mixed with Christmas carols and dazzling visuals,” now calls the group “a winter staple,” and this holiday season – when the group will also perform material from its 2000 album, Beethoven’s Last Night, as well as the forthcoming Night Castle – TSO is on pace to sell more than one million albums, and nearly as many concert tickets.

With its timeless message, a sound that offers something for everyone, and audiences that cross all generational divides, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become something that must be seen to be believed.

Tour dates for TSO’s 2006 North American Winter Tour are as follows:

Date City Venue Shows

Fri-Nov-03-06 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Center 8:00 PM

Fri-Nov-03-06 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Civic Center 8:00 PM

Sat-Nov-04-06 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Nov-04-06 Sunrise, FL Bankatlantic Center 8:00 PM

Sun-Nov-05-06 Toledo, OH Seagate Convention Ctr. 3:00 PM & 7:30PM

Sun-Nov-05-06 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Coliseum 7:30 PM

Mon-Nov-06-06 Greenville, SC Bi Lo Center 7:30 PM

Tue-Nov-07-06 Knoxville, TN Thompson Bolling Arena 7:30 PM

Wed-Nov-08-06 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse 7:30 PM

Thu-Nov-09-06 Ft. Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum 7:30 PM

Thu-Nov-09-06 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena 7:30 PM

Fri-Nov-10-06 Erie, PA Erie Civic 8:00 PM

Fri-Nov-10-06 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Ctr. 8:00 PM

Sat-Nov-11-06 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena 8:00 PM

Sat-Nov-11-06 Memphis, TN Mid-South Coliseum 8:00 PM

Sun-Nov-12-06 Dayton, OH Nutter Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sun-Nov-12-06 Jackson, MS Mississippi Coliseum 7:30 PM

Mon-Nov-13-06 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center 7:30 PM

Tue-Nov-14-06 Charlotte, NC Cricket Arena 7:30 PM

Wed-Nov-15-06 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Col 7:30 PM

Wed-Nov-15-06 Cape Girardeau, MO Show Me Center 7:30 PM

Thu-Nov-16-06 Hampton, VA Hampton Col 7:30 PM

Fri-Nov-17-06 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Center 8:00 PM

Fri-Nov-17-06 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center 8:00 PM

Sat-Nov-18-06 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Nov-18-06 Green Bay, WI Resch Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sun-Nov-19-06 Hershey, PA Giant Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sun-Nov-19-06 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Mon-Nov-20-06 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena 7:30 PM

Tue-Nov-21-06 Syracuse, NY Oncenter 7:30 PM

Tue-Nov-21-06 Omaha, NE Qwest Center 7:30 PM

Wed-Nov-22-06 Portland, ME Cumberland Cty Civic Ctr. 7:30 PM

Fri-Nov-24-06 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena 3:00PM & 8:00 PM

Fri-Nov-24-06 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena 8:00 PM

Sat-Nov-25-06 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sat-Nov-25-06 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sun-Nov-26-06 Montreal, QC Bell Centre 8:00 PM

Sun-Nov-26-06 Phoenix, AZ Glendale Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Wed-Nov-28-06 San Diego, CA Cox 7:30 PM

Wed-Nov-29-06 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre 8:00 PM

Wed-Nov-29-06 Los Angeles, CA Great Western Forum 8:00 PM

Thu-Nov-30-06 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena 7:30 PM

Thu-Nov-30-06 Fresno Save Mart 7:30 PM

Fri-Dec-01-06 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena 8:00 PM

Fri-Dec-01-06 Reno, NV Reno Events Center 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-02-06 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-02-06 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sun-Dec-03-06 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sun-Dec-03-06 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena 7:30 PM

Wed-Dec-06-06 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 7:30 PM

Wed-Dec-06-06 Seattle, WA Key Arena 7:30 PM

Thu-Dec-07-06 Cincinnatti, OH US Bank Arena 7:30 PM

Thu-Dec-07-06 Portland, OR Rose Garden 7:30 PM

Fri-Dec-08-06 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills 8:00 PM

Fri-Dec-08-06 Boise, ID Idaho Center 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-09-06 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-09-06 Salt Lake City, UT E Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sun-Dec-10-06 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sun-Dec-10-06 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena 7:30 PM

Tue-Dec-12-06 Denver, CO Pepsi Arena 7:30 PM

Wed-Dec-13-06 Columbia, SC Colonial Center 7:30 PM

Wed-Dec-13-06 Colorado Springs, CO World Arena 7:30 PM

Thu-Dec-14-06 Raleigh, NC RBC Center 7:30 PM

Thu-Dec-14-06 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum 7:30 PM

Fri-Dec-15-06 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum 8:00 PM

Fri-Dec-15-06 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-16-06 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-16-06 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sun-Dec-17-06 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sun-Dec-17-06 Houston, TX Toyota Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Wed-Dec-20-06 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum 8:00 PM

Wed-Dec-20-06 Birmingham, AL BJCC 7:30 PM

Thu-Dec-21-06 East Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands 8:00 PM

Thu-Dec-21-06 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena 7:30 PM

Fri-Dec-22-06 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Fri-Dec-22-06 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-23-06 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-23-06 San Antonio, TX SBC Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Tue-Dec-26-06 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Tue-Dec-26-06 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Wed-Dec-27-06 Worcester, MA DCU Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Wed-Dec-27-06 St. Louis, MO Savvis Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Thu-Dec-28-06 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall 8:00 PM

Thu-Dec-28-06 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center 8:00 PM

Fri-Dec-29-06 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena 8:00 PM

Fri-Dec-29-06 Moline, IL Mark Of The Quad 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-30-06 Washington, DC MCI Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sat-Dec-30-06 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center 8:00 PM

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