Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Christmas Attic with a newly reissue CD and double vinyl edition this fall. The CD will be released on September 28th with the vinyl coming November 23rd via Rhino Records. The second installment in The Christmas Trilogy tells the story of a little girl who spends a night in an attic filled with yuletide reveries, while guitar solos and choral vocals soar over a rock orchestral backing across 16 tracks. 1998’s The Christmas Attic features one of the band’s most popular songs “Christmas Canon.” Fans are also invited to listen to a previously unreleased on CD and vinyl version of “Christmas Jam (Live),” which is currently streaming courtesy of USA Today.
The band is also marking its 20th consecutive year of touring, by announcing its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2018. TSO’s annual November-December multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater, is set to begin on November 14th and will visit 65 cities across North America, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30th. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by Hallmark Channel.
Now through August 31st, the Winter Tour 2018 will begin its “12 Days of TSO Verified Fan Registration” where all fans can sign up via Ticketmaster Verified Fan for exclusive access to the best tickets for the best price before tickets go on-sale to the general public. Pre-sales will begin for TSO fan club members on September 5th at 10 am local time for November 14th though November 30th tour dates; on September 6th at 10 am local time for December 1st through December 16th tour dates; and on September 7th at 10 am local time for December 17th through December 30th. Fans who are not members of TSO’s fan club, and who have registered during the “12 Days of TSO Verified Fan Registration” will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-sale on September 11th and 12th. General public on sale is set to begin on September 14th.
Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, this year’s tour will include new awe-inspiring effects, as well as amazing staging with an all new design from the dedicated team handpicked by the group’s late creator, Paul O’Neill.
The rock opera also features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” Additionally, the tour will enjoy a new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.
As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $15 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities all across North America.
1. The Ghost of Christmas Eve
2. Boughs of Holly
3. The World That She Sees
4. The World That He Sees
5. Midnight Christmas Eve
6. The March of the Kings/Hark The Herald Angels Sing
7. The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)
8. Christmas Canon
9. Joy/Angels We Have Heard On High
10. Find Our Way Home
11. Appalachian Snowfall
12. The Music Box
13. The Snow Came Down
14. Christmas in the Air
15. Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)
16. An Angel’s Share
17. Music Box Blues
18. Christmas Jam (LIVE)*
*Bonus track – previously unreleased on CD and vinyl.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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