By Haley Biermann
Everyone has a favorite holiday tradition, and most rock fans can agree that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s electric take on popular Christmas and winter-themed songs is one to look forward to. But with the tragic passing of the band’s creator Paul O’Neill this past April, some wondered if the Trans-Siberian Orchestra would still hold a 2017 tour.
Fans will be happy to know that the band confirmed their annual winter tour. The group posted an update on their website stating, “While all of us, the members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our friend and leader Paul O'Neill, we are determined to carry on the rock theater project to which he dedicated his life.”
The post continues, “Paul always talked about how he saw TSO as both an idea and ideal that would continue long after he stepped off the "flight deck" (his name for the stage). We hope to continue his work of providing a timeless, multi-generational tradition like those created by his idol Charles Dickens. In that spirit, we are proud to announce that Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return with their 2017 Winter Tour featuring the cherished tale 'The Ghosts of Christmas Eve'!”
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra released six full-length albums during O’Neill’s lifetime. The Recording Industry Association of America certified five out of the six albums with either platinum, multi-platinum or gold status. O’Neill passed away on April 5 at age 61 from what was officially reported as intoxication after battling numerous chronic illnesses.