Despite temperatures still soaring up into the 80’s and 90’s, the Trans-Siberian orchestra is already mapping out their 2010 holiday tour well before anyone has Christmas on the mind. The group known best for their rock and roll orchestral renditions of tradition holiday tunes will be on tour hitting a vast amount of US and Canadian cities between the two-month span of November and December before continuing its stretch into March 2011 overseas in Berlin, Hamburg and Amsterdam.
The winter tour is currently being built as the band looks to expand its annual lineup to visit just about every venue from New Hampshire to California with a matinee and evening performance scheduled for each location. On the road, they have become one of the world’s top touring acts, with a $20 million-plus production that by 2008 played to over 5 million people in 80+ cities, selling more than $230 million worth of tickets.
It’s been 14 years since Trans-Siberian Orchestra debuted with the single “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo/1224),” inspiring generations of fans to rediscover the rock opera in a new light. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has sold more than seven million copies of its first four rock operas — 1996’s Christmas Eve & Other Stories, 1998’s The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night in 2000 and 2004’s The Lost Christmas Eve. A follow-up to this success is the sweeping two-disc set with 26 songs embracing the hard rock theatrics, classical majesty, operatic beauty and chorale richness, 2009’s Night Castle. As with its predecessors, the characters and narrative are sharply drawn and woven into the genre-splicing soundscape, conveying a wide range of emotions right up until the final twist at the tale’s end. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is the perfect Christmas confection, bringing in holiday cheer in a completely original way. The band is scheduled to appear at Boston’s TD Garden on 15th on its expansive North American tour.