One of the prog-rock scene’s most spectacular live acts will soon embark on their most ambitious tour to date with the release of Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets for a mammoth 120 shows in just 52 days.
The US quartet, who kicked off 2014 with a New Year’s gig in front of two million fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, will now conclude the year in style with a debut performance of The Christmas Attic, the second chapter of their festive album trilogy.
Released in 1998, the follow-up to 1996’s Christmas and Other Stories and predecessor to 2004’s The Lost Christmas Eve tells the tale of a young girl who embarks on a magical adventure after discovering a treasure trove in the attic of her parents’ home on Christmas Eve, and is home to one of the band’s most famous songs, “Christmas Canon.”
Nearly two decades after it first hit the shelves, the rock opera will now be performed in its entirety for the first time during a hugely ambitious North American tour which will see two different Trans-Siberian Orchestra troupes take to the stage across 71 cities, starting with a matinee performance at Toledo’s Huntington Center on November 13.
Famed for their high-tech productions, string sections and laser displays, TSO will then move onto the likes of Columbia’s Colonial Life Arena on Nov 21, Dayton’s Ervin J Nutter Center on December 6 and Detroit’s Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec 27 before wrapping up with an evening show at Hartford’s XL Center on January 4.
Alongside the chance to hear The Christmas Attic, which will also be reissued with several new bonus tracks later this year, fans with Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets can look forward to hearing several compositions from the band’s other two seasonal releases including “Wizards In Winter,” “Requiem” and “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.”
As with the majority of the 1600 shows founder Paul O’Neill and co. have staged over the past 15 years, a portion of Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets sales will benefit various local charities. Only the Dec 26 gig at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena is currently available on TicketIQ (get-in price $93). But be sure to keep checking back for the latest updates on what promises to be this year’s most spell-binding Christmas tour.