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New York City, USA (1996 – present)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a rock orchestra founded in New York City, USA by Paul O’Neill, robert kinkel, Jon Oliva, and Al Pitrelli in 1996. O’Neill had managed and produced rock bands including Aerosmith, Humble Pie and Scorpions, later writing for and producing Savatage, where he began working with Kinkel and Oliva.

The roots of TSO are found in Savatage, a traditional heavy metal band that gradually progressed into a act. Savatage’s rock operas, starting with STREETS, began the experimentation with what would become TSO culminating on the track “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” from DEAD WINTER DEAD. This track was a minor hit for the struggling band, and demonstrated that there might be an audience for the symphonic metal approach to holiday themes.

The concept for a band playing Christmas carols in a rock opera style was not received warmly by the industry, but quickly proved a success with adults as well as young people. In the recording studio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra uses a full 60-piece orchestra and a choir.

As of 2004, their touring band included 14 vocalists, 14 musicians, and 2 narrators. Trans-Siberian Orchestra released their debut album Christmas Eve and Other Stories in 1996, and it remains their best-selling album. Their 1998 release The Christmas Attic was similarly a concept album with a Christmas theme. In 2000, they released their first non-Christmas album, Beethoven’s Last Night. Beethoven’s Last Night is a concept album about Ludwig van Beethoven’s last night on earth, during which he meets Mephistopheles (possible Satan, or one of his underlings).


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  • dirkpostma62

    15th october like to start listening to TSO also again :-)

    15 Oct 2:02pm Reply
  • snowair

    ❄ October 1st has come, time to bust out the Christmas music! ❄

    2 Oct 1:40am Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    TSO really needs to make an album reminiscent of HOTMK/Sirens era Savatage

    3 Apr 7:12pm Reply
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  • Lovelycom

    Шикарные ребята, приятно слушать их кавер-версии:)

    2 Jan 5:53pm Reply
  • iozmec

    We gather here yearly on December.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lyrici17

    Love my yearly December TSO plays...

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • desaren1

    I hope there's some UK dates to follow these European ones!!

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • GerlofL

    Dreams of Fireflies is a great EP!

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • Denis-Vojd

    X-mas sucks

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • znienacka

    Beethoven's Last Night is a masterpiece [8] <3

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    This band's 'Recent listeners trend' is incredible !! (diagram above). Their listeners almost triple during the X-mas time. (from 4000 to 12000)

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • the_spirit_mage

    Awesome concert last night in Auburn Hills, MI!

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • free2bsunnee

    I just went to the 8:00 show in St Louis Mo tonight 12/27/12 . This is my second time I have been to one of your performances . All I can say is WOW . The laser lights to your music is amazing . I liked my first time of seeing you perform but you have really stepped it up ! I will come to every show you have in St. Louis from here on out !! No one achieves what you do on stage ! I truly enjoyed every minute ! Talent + .. A thought do you know how good you would sound doing a Pink Floyd or Electric Light Orchestra song ? Just a thought ************ Thank you for a great performance with unbelievable talent !!!!!!!!

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • vahik

    Beethoven's Last Night is a masterpiece [7]

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Lamby90

    It's Christmas. You know what to do. [2] XD true, T-SO time!!!!!

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • DaruJericho

    It's Christmas. You know what to do.

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mad_koala

    I've just heared a pure magic. And that was Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BlackRoseKilla

    Beethoven's Last Night is a masterpiece [6] Who Is This Child is my favorite. I would love to see a good quality live version of that one.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • LeJazzy0213

    The 2012 tour on the West Coast was soooo much better this year. After such disappointment in 2011, I was ready to not make them a part of my annual Christmas Tradition. Good job TSO, loving the new members. They rocked!

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
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