The numbers are impressive for Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 20 years, over 2,000 shows and more that $15 million dollars donated to charity. It’s always a pleasure to have TSO back for the holidays and to talk with original member Al Pitrelli. who handles double-duty as musical director and plays guitar. When TSO takes the stage on December 16th at Amalie Arena it will be for two shows; the first at 3 pm, the second at 7 pm. The group donates $1-$2 from every ticket sold for those two shows to charity.
This season TSO will head out on the road for 106 concerts in 65 cities presented by the Hallmark Channel. The Winter Tour will feature “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” rock opera as well as some new songs and familiar favorites like “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” among others. And as an added treat a new 20th-anniversary edition of their 1998 album “The Christmas Attic,” will be available on CD and digitally Sept. 28, and vinyl on Nov. 23. The new edition of the album features “Christmas Jam (Live),” a bonus track previously unreleased on CD and vinyl.