Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill. TSO has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and over 10 million 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, their two-disc Night Castle and Letters From the Labyrinth.
About Trans-Siberian Orchestra in brief
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill. TSO has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and over 10 million 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, their two-disc Night Castle and Letters From the Labyrinth. Their 1998 release The Christmas. Attic produced the hit Christmas Canon in D major with lyrics and melodies added. The Christmas Canon was recorded in 2014 and performed in live in 2014. The music is based on the true story of Mephistopheles, whom Paul O’Neill refers to as “the great composer’s first Heavy Metal Rock Star’’ O‘Neill died on April 5, 2017, at the age of 90. The group is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers, moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music. They are one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium. Their path to success was unusual in that, according to O’Neil, TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening acts. Their debut album, the first installment of the intended Christmas Trilogy, was a rock opera called Christmas Eve.
and was released in 1996. It remains among their best-selling albums. It contains the instrumental ‘Christmas EveSarajevo 1224’ which originally appeared on Savatage’s rock opera, Dead Winter Dead, a story about the Bosnian War. This album produced a new take on Johann Pachelbel’s Canon, a take on the D.C. scene from The Nutcracker, and a new version of ‘The Nutcrcracker’ with lyrics added to the refrain ‘I’m so happy to be here.’ The band turned to Atlantic Records in 1999 for release in 2000 and turned the music into ‘Beethoven’S Last Night’ The music was written and recorded in 1998 & 1999 and turned into a live performance in late 1999 & 2000 for Atlantic Records. It was the first live performance of the story of the devil and his fate on earth. The story is based in a true tale of the fate of the great composer, but there are numerous twists and turns including the fact that the devil has an offer and bargaining begins but the music is true. The story of his fate is a true story based on a true legend, but the end of his music is not known. TSO’s first album was recorded at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios and engineered by Dave Wittman. The album was intended to be the band’s debut album but was never released.