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Below is our complete Trans-Siberian Orchestra news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
As indicated in the recent interview with legendary Savatage frontman Jon Oliva, the mastermind will embark on an intimate "Storyteller" Tour from November 28th through December 16th of this year. The show will feature Oliva with Jon Oliva's Pain drummer and producer Christopher Kinder and will consist of an extensive in-depth look into the 3 significant phases of Jon's unique career. Fans will also hear rare and alternate versions of classic songs performed live as well as hilarious, emotional and true stories that have shaped his legendary career.
The booking process for the show has begun with the first phase in Florida and up the east coast and over to Chicago and down to Texas and back to Florida. After the new year, plans are for additional shows further west.
Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Jon Oliva's Pain founder Jon Oliva will release his very first solo album in 2013. While his band Jon Oliva's Pain continues to write the follow up to the 2010 LP "Festival," Oliva will release his solo LP in Spring 2013 via AFM Records.
The announcement reads as follows:
"Good day one and all,
"We thank you all for your patience with regards to announcing our new recording plans.
"While JOP is very much intact and focused on new music and future touring...JON OLIVA will release his first ever solo record in early 2013.
"Jon has assembled a collection of ideas from the past 4-5 years and wants the opportunity to present them as his own work. Jon will be recording nearly all the instrument tracks and vocals himself and also playing drums on several tracks. Once again, I have the honor of recording the bulk of the drum tracks on the new cd, but this record will have been created from start to finish with Jon being completely at the helm."
Jon Oliva commented on the album: "I’ve got some weird ideas that I wanna try and I’ve got some time to do it. I don’t want do just 'another' JOP record. I’ve done four of those already. I wanna do something different. I have some material that I’ve wanted to put out for a while, that I’ll talk with the record company about, maybe putting something out quickly, like in the next four or five months, to give me more time to do this JOP record. I want the next JOP cd to be very special. I’ve got some great friends from other bands that are going to be a significant part of the next JOP release. We are going to do a killer JOP record and then an additional bonus cd with guest stars... kind of like the AVANTASIA thing but not in a story line. Tobias Sammet does a magnificent job with it, but I don’t have that much time to write a whole story, so I’ll just have some powerhouse friends from various bands come in and take it over the top."
Drum recordings, handled by J.O.P. drummer Christopher Kinder, begin at the legendary Morrisound Studio's in mid December.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will release a narrated version of the band's first non-Christmas oriented LP "Beethoven's Last Night," which was originally released in 2000. The re-issue, dubbed "Beethoven's Last Night: The Complete Narrated Version" will be issued through Rhino Records and hit Walmart stores in the US on March 13, 2012. The album features performances from Savatage members Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain), Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, Johnny Lee Middleton and Jeff Plate.
The band is streaming the first few tracks with narration here:
It was 1996, New York City, in what was a converted church. That was the first and last time I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I was 25 years old. A band, comprised mostly of my heroes since I was a child, took the stage, fittingly on the church's former altar. You see, this new incarnation of Savatage had erupted on the scene quicker than those same heroes did in all the thirteen years prior to that first show.
It seems that by incorporating Savatage material into Christmas material with Broadway type singers, the band, disguised as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, gained almost instantaneous commercial and mainstream notoriety. They had been "accepted." I knew then that Savatage was doomed to end and time revealed it to be true, as they released only two albums in what would be the band's final five years after. Now relegated to a side project with a terminal "on hold" status, Savatage can only be heard within Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who continue to this day incorporate song parts, whole songs and it's legacy with contributions from all members, including one of its main writers/composers, The Mountain King Jon Oliva. More...
Just For Fun
Ever since the amazing display of Christmas lights set to Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards In Winter" that was so popular it was even used for a Miller Lite beer commercial, setting your lights to music has become more popular despite the need for technical know-how to pull it off. One might think that these displays are largely dominated by Trans-Siberian Orchestra songs - and they'd be right - but there are some people that are metal enough to have the balls to set them to heavier songs, making putting together this list worth the effort and sharing. So here is our top metal Christmas lights list, pulled from the Interwebs:
11. Metallica - "Enter Sandman"
Good song choice, but the light show could use a little more work. Don't worry, we're just getting warmed up here...
Bjorn Strid, Guitarist of Swedish melodic death metak act Soilwork, will participate in the third annual "Winter Metal Symphony" show, formerly "Christmas Metal Symphony." The event is set to take place January 22, 2011 at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The singers will be backed by a six-piece band and a 30-piece classical orchestra as they perform classic heavy metal and hard rock songs. This unique show will contain "songs from all metal genres — from prog-metal to rock, from death to speed and from industrial to symphonic." The show also features members of Death Angel, Revamp and Pagan's Mind.
Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK)
Floor Jansen (REVAMP)
Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL)
Nils K. Rue (PAGAN'S MIND)
Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING)
Anna Phoebe (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
George Oosthoek (ex-ORPHANAGE, PLEURISY)
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has issued the following update about his decision to not participate in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra winter tour this year:
"It’s been nearly ten years since my first TSO Winter Tour. Each year it’s been an incredible experience, traveling from arena to arena being an important part of the largest symphonic rock production in history. This year, however, I’ve decided to make the difficult decision of stepping out of the spotlight (and lasers, fog, fire and snow) and embarking upon new adventures.
"The reasons for this are twofold. As one might imagine, the TSO winter tour is a demanding one- with long days and an action packed show that calls for no less than 200% of yourself, often twice a day from the mid-October rehearsals to the final show in January. While the awesome response from fans and the collaboration with fellow performers make it beyond worth it, there comes a point, after so many years of annual grueling intensity, for some of us to draw upon that quarter of a year’s worth of time and energy in order to launch a renewed focus on our own visions.
"In my case, this process begins with the release of a brand new album (Alex Skolnick trio ‘Veritas’ Due October 15) to be followed by heavy touring, including winter dates in support of RodrigoYGabriela. There are many other endeavors in the works, the information of which will be continually updated on-line at www.alexskolnick.com. Furthermore, as someone who has been on tour with multiple projects and running on all cylinders during the entire calendar year since 2006, reclaiming this three month period will open up the option to take breaks once in a while, remember what home looks like, lessen the constant separation from friends and loved ones and recharge my own batteries as needed.
"I’m really looking forward to sharing all the new projects with everyone. Updated info can always be found at www.alexskolnick.com and you can follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/alexskolnick.
"Of course, I’ll miss doing the TSO tour. The stage time, friendships and overall experience has been invaluable. I’m grateful to Paul O’Neil and Nightcastle Mgmt for the opportunity, to all the musicians and singers for the good times and to all the fans for the unyielding support, you guys are the best! I look forward to seeing many of you out there in different configurations."
Vater percussion has posted a video interview online with Trans Siberian Orchestra / Machines of Grace drummer Jeff Plate, in which he discusses his playing style, influences, history and more. You can view the video clip below.
Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT have recruited guitarist Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND) to fill in for Alex Skolnick on their upcoming Mexican tour dates with JUDAS PRIEST.
Due to Alex's prior commitment to the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the band sought out Glen Drover to fill in and rehearsed together all week.
Glen says, "I am really looking forward to playing these four upcoming shows in Mexico with my buddies in TESTAMENT, along with JUDAS PRIEST. We are totally going to crush!"
Alex Skolnick commented on his (temporary) replacement: "I regret that I'll be unable to perform at TESTAMENT's upcoming shows in Mexico this month. As many know, I've been touring with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA since 2000, and it's been a blessing to be a part of both projects since reuniting with TESTAMENT in '05. I respect the TESTAMENT guys' decision to accept some gigs during this period, and I'm super happy to have Glen Drover filling in for me. I recommended him personally, respect his playing and know he'll do a great job. I apologize to any TESTAMENT fans for not being able to make it this time around but we have a lot of shows lined up in 2009 so far, all of which I'm on. Thanks for understanding, and I look forward to seeing everyone all over the world with TESTAMENT in 2009!"
Guitarist Eric Peterson commented: "I've known Glen since he played with KING DIAMOND, and if anyone can jump in, Glen can. Plus, Alex is happy with our choice."
TESTAMENT will be traveling to Mexico this week to play a string of dates with JUDAS PRIEST. See below for tour dates. The band is coming off a successful headlining run with SOILENT GREEN, to support their first studio album in nine years, "The Formation of Damnation."
Here are TESTAMENT's tour dates in Mexico with JUDAS PRIEST:
Oct. 27 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Monterrey
Oct. 29 - Guadalajara, Mexico - VFG Arena
Oct. 30 - Puebla, Mexico - Auditorio Siglo XXI
Oct. 31 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sports Palace
Billboard.com reports: Music by Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Janis Joplin and Deep Purple, among others, will be performed live by the Mystic Orchestra as part of "Flashback -- the Classic Rock Experience." The nearly 50-date U.S. arena tour launches Wednesday (Aug. 27) at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, AL.
Inspired partly by Paul O'Neill's Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), which features a full rock band, a string section, multiple vocalists and a laser/light show, "Flashback" boasts 14 musicians and singers, along with an 11-piece string and horn section. The concert's approximately 30-song set features such classics as Hendrix's "Purple Haze," Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Pink Floyd's "Money," and the Doors' "Light My Fire."
The first leg of "Flashback" will visit 6,000- to 25,000-seat U.S. arenas through the beginning of November. Tickets cost between $17-$55.
The second leg of "Flashback" will tentatively begin in mid-February 2009, and run through early spring, hitting mostly the central part of the country and the West Coast.
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, will release its new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.
"Delusions of Grandeur" (cover artwork) track listing:
01. Fatal Warning
02. Dead Of Dawn
06. Soul Breaker
08. So Many Reasons
09. Chase The Lies
10. Every Last Thing
Digipack bonus material:
11. Revelations (live video clip)
12. Stay (audio)
CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release a new four-track single on March 28 via AFM Records. Entitled "Every Last Thing", it will include a non-album and a live video clip. More...
On Saturday March 22nd, Nightmare Metal Fest will be host to a very special show by Chris Caffery and Zak Stevens (SAVATAGE, DR. BUTCHER) also known greatly for their work with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and CIRCLE II CIRCLE. These two long time musical friends will reunite in the area of SAVATAGE's inception and will be performing a special set that may include songs from their SAVATAGE years, DR. BUTCHER and or other interesting moments of musical collaborations.
Here is the line-up for the Nightmare Metal Fest so far:
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008 - Doors at 6pm
DISASTERPEACE (featuring Wade Black –Crimson Glory and Pete Blakk of King Diamond)
ORDER OF NINE
SHADES OF TWILIGHT
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2008 - Doors at 12pm
CHRIS CAFFERY & ZAK STEVENS and friends
SIX MINUTE CENTURY
(Dinner break )
The festival takes place at the Bourbon Street Nightclub, located at 4331 US Hwy 19, New Port Richey Florida 34652 (25 Minutes from Clearwater; 30 Minutes from Tampa).
Yet another way you can tell metal is on the rise (commercially) is by how many metal Christmas songs are out this year. I don't recall another year that I have heard of more than one or two metal renditions of Christmas songs. This year, however, I've seen postings for more than half a dozen of them - some old, but some new as well. So I've decided to compile a list of these metal Christmas songs so that fans of this sort of thing can listen to and download them while they're still online.
Personally, I'm a sucker for metal Christmas songs, but only if they're done well. I figure if I've got to listen to something, it might as well be heavy or at least have a rock or metal edge to it. Granted, some of these songs are not ultra-heavy, but I find them to be fun expressions for the holiday season by metal bands. Others are parodies of Christmas songs or Christmas itself, and these are usually heavier than the actual Christmas carols.
Without further ado, here's the list: More...
Billboard.com reports: Trans Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill says he's "damned and determined" to have the group's new album, "The Night Castle," finished and released in 2008. Of course, he said the same thing last year, and the year before that...
"The unfortunate thing is nobody believes me," O'Neill tells Billboard.com with a laugh. "Even my own manager doesn't believe me. But I do want to turn it in this spring and have it out this summer."
O'Neill says the delay in making "Night Castle" -- which will be TSO's first release since "The Lost Christmas Eve" in 2004 -- is one of quality control. "We just want it to be perfect," he explains. "I just think the band is slowly building a reputation of not letting the fans down. I don't want to let them down, ever, in live concerts and especially on the albums."
Also slowing process has been the fact that "Night Castle" has grown. Originally slated as a single, song-oriented CD, it will now be a double-disc set, one of which will feature another TSO rock opera that O'Neill describes as "like 'Doctor Zhivago' was about the Bolshevik Revolution, but told through the eyes (of the characters), so not, like, historically factual."
O'Neill says he's canceled all TSO commitments and turned down all offers after the group wraps its annual holiday tour on Jan. 6 in order to focus solely on finishing "Night Castle" -- which will include some big-name guests from the classic rock world who he's currently keeping secret (though he acknowledges that some have made cameos at TSO shows before).
Once the album is out he says the group will embark on a year-long world tour, including TSO's first-ever outdoor dates and some shows tied in with Major League Baseball teams.
O'Neill is also planning special packaging for "Night Castle," as well as a subsequent deluxe package re-release of 2000's "Beethoven's Last Night," TSO's only non-Christmas album to this point.
One of the biggest arena attractions in rock music, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), will once again take to the road this holiday season for what will be its largest-ever tour, more than 90 cities coast-to-coast over a ten-week period beginning November 1st.
Established in 1996 by producer/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill, TSO has been a true rock mega-success, both on record and the concert stage. The band's four CD releases, including the holiday-themed Christmas Eve & Other Stories (1996), The Christmas Attic (1998) and The Lost Christmas Eve (2004), have sold more than 5,000,000 units, over 900,000 in 2006 alone. TSO's 2001 DVD release, The Ghost of Christmas Eve, also achieved platinum status.
TSO's 2006 Winter Tour was its most successful to date, playing to over 1,000,000 fans at 80 concerts, generating revenues in excess of $40 million. Since its first Winter Tour in 1996, TSO has been one of the concert businesses' most successful acts, consistently rating in the Top 10 for both gross revenues and audience attendance.
Here are the tour dates for TSO's 2007 North American Winter Tour: More...
The new CD from Chicago-based British guitarist Andrew Bordoni called simply "Andrew Bordoni & Friends" will be released June 2007 and is currently only available for pre-order at andrewbordoniandfriends.com. The entirely instrumental album will feature guest appearances from some of today's best metal and rock guitarists including:
Michael Angelo Batio
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Doctor Butcher, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Kee Marcello (Ex- Europe - K2)
Dave Weiner (Steve Vai Band)
Lars Eric Mattsson
Matt Konfirst (Independent Artist)
Will Scarlett ( One of Andrew's 16 year old students! )
Ryan Richko (Independent Artist)
Featuring 12 songs ranging from soft rock to full on metal, anyone who loves guitar will find something they'll enjoy on this album.
"Andrew Bordoni & Friends" will be released independently and will be available at the following websites:
I-Tunes, Rhapsody, Napster and most major download websites.
The profits of the CD will go into supporting the "Beyond Music - Creative & Interactive Music School" created and founded by Andrew Bordoni.
LiveDaily.com reports: Trans-Siberian Orchestra has revealed plans for its eighth holiday tour, and it's the outfit's most ambitious itinerary yet.
The group--which will once again break into two touring units--has lined up an eight-week, 117-show arena tour that will feature two same-day performances in many cities.
According to a press release, tickets for all stops on the tour will go on sale to fan club members on Sept. 12, and will be available to the general public starting Sept. 15. One dollar of every ticket purchased will be donated to local charities in each market.
Organizers promise that new elements will be added to this year's production, "which already includes an orchestral string section, a full rock band, multiple vocalists, a narrator, extensive pyrotectics, a stunning laser- and light show and even a snowfall," the press release said.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra sprouted from a collaboration between producer/songwriter Paul O'Neill and keyboardist Jon Olivia, both of whom were members of the progressive-metal group Savatage. In the mid-'90s, the two wrote some Christmas songs that eventually became Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 1996 rock-opera album, "Christmas Eve & Other Stories."
The group has since released two more holiday sets--1998's "The Christmas Attic" and 2004's "The Lost Christmas Eve"--as well as 2000's non-holiday offering, "Beethoven's Last Night."
In the fall of 2004, the group issued "The Christmas Trilogy," a box set that houses all three of the orchestra's Christmas albums, as well as its 2001 DVD, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve."
Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour dates: More...
The highly anticipated annual North American TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour will be kicking off at the beginning of November and go until December 30th. Fanclub pre-sales for tickets will begin September 12th at 10:00am local time. TSO Fanclub information can be found here.
To see the entire TSO tour schedule go to this location. Note that the schedule features dates for both the east and west coast companies. All dates and venues are subject to change.
Just For Fun
This video clip (viewable here or here) has been making its way around the internet for a while now, but I thought I'd share it with our readers. It shows home Christmas lights synchronized to flash in time to a musical score, in this case Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizard in Winter" (from The Lost Christmas Eve album). This display was the work of Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that control the 16,000 Christmas lights in his 2004 holiday lighting spectacular. The musical accompaniment is broadcast over a low-power radio station. Snopes' Urban Legends Reference pages says this video is the real thing and not doctored.
After a December 6, 2005 traffic accident in his neighborhood, Carson Williams agreed to indefinitely discontinue his 2005 Christmas light display because it was causing severe traffic congestion problems.
The tie-in to metal, of course, is that Trans-Siberian Orchestra features Savatage (and solo) guitarist Chris Caffrey and former and present touring Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra recently played live on Good Morning America on Wednesday, December 14, and on Live With Regis And Kelly on Thursday, December 15.
I want to wish our readers a safe and happy holidays, merry Christmas or whatever you might celebrate, and a very metal new year!
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (featuring TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick) are scheduled to perform live on Good Morning America on Wednesday, December 14, and on Live With Regis And Kelly on Thursday, December 15. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.
A posting on Skolnick's official website states: "FYI: just so everyone knows, this will not be a showcase for Alex (or any other individual musician involved). Don't expect long guitar solos. It will be quick, edited versions of the TSO songs, designed strictly for the purpose of appealing to a morning show TV audience."