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Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Iowa Nov. 17

Multi-platinum, progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour will be back for 2021. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the group’s landmark album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” this year’s multi-sensory extravaganza kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 17 with performances in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Green Bay, Wisconsin, and will visit 59 cities for 99 performances across America before concluding on Thursday, Dec. 30. (see full itinerary at www.trans-siberian.com).

Certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling three million copies in the U.S., “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. Including the mega-hit “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” the album spawned the bring-the-whole-family rock holiday tradition that has now played to more than 17 million fans all across the nation.

Presales for TSO fan club members will be held on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. local time and Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Additional presales will be on Monday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 16, both at 10 a.m. local time. General public on sale is set to begin on Friday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. local time. For more details on tour dates and ticket sales, visit www.trans-siberian.com.

“After an incredibly trying year for everyone, we are beyond excited to be able to say that we’re bringing “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” back to all of you,” TSO’s music director & lead guitarist Al Pitrelli said. “We were amazed by the turnout for last year’s livestream and how many of you continued to celebrate this tradition we have created together. It’s been 25 years since Paul (O’Neill) first introduced all of us to this timeless tale. Let’s celebrate this milestone event together.  God bless, and stay safe everyone.”

A product of the vision and imagination of TSO’s late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” follows a story set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back what is best representative of humanity.  Following favorite TSO themes of “strangers helping strangers” and “the kindness of others,” “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father.

The album and tour feature such fan-favorites as “Ornament,” “Promises To Keep,” “This Christmas Day,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” and the epic “Old City Bar.” The rock opera also features such TSO classics as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.” “Additionally, the tour will enjoy a second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers including “Christmas Canon,” “Wizards In Winter” and many more.