Co-founder and driving force of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Paul O’Neill, passed away back in April (details), but the band has vowed to carry on and perform in his honor. Here’s their new update: “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. 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!”
Drummer Jeff Plate added, “We are all so thrilled and relieved to make this announcement. Paul O’Neill has been my boss, my teacher, my confidant and my friend. I would not have the career and life that I have without him. I am so proud to have been with him and TSO from the first note, and more so to carry on his legacy. I know this is what he wanted. Thank you to the fans for the support and loyalty to do this. And a HUGE thank you and show of respect to Paul’s wife and daughter… without their strength we would not be able to carry on. We will not let them down. See you all soon.”
Stay tuned for more information on their 2017 Winter Tour soon!