A Cleveland favorite, the progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra will revisit last year's show, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, which centers on a runaway who breaks into a vaudeville theater on Christmas Eve, for this year’s annual tour that will visit 61 cities across North America beginning on November 17 in Youngstown and concluding, after 105 shows, with special New Year’s Eve performances in Cleveland, where the band plays Quicken Loans Arena.
The rock opera features tunes such 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." This year’s tour will include an all new second set containing some of TSO’s "greatest hits and fan-pleasers."
“This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO has never done,” says TSO’s Paul O’Neill in a press release. “It brought back so many memories to see Ossie Davis and everyone else who helped make that TV special into the annual tradition that it has become. The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band's decision to take it back out on the road this year. As always we have new artists, new special effects and lots of surprises in store. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the road.”
The tour pre-sale opens to fan club members on September 7 through September 9, with the general public on sale set to begin on September 16 (see trans-siberian.com
for details). Each concert ticket purchased online will include a digital audio copy of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
. This is the first time these songs have been released in an audio package, and the album features the bonus track “Music Box Blues (Daryl Pediford Tribute New York 2004).”
As has been the case for previous tours, $1 to $2 of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, in excess of $13 million has been distributed to charities all across North America.