TSO Christmas Attic

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The Christmas Attic Tour Live for 2014

Review, cover layout and photos by Momma Dukes

For all of you not in the spirit for the holidays, I suggest you get yourself some tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra when they hit your town…you’ll get your spirit back.  My first experience with TSO was absolutely mind blowing! The photos shown here were from last’s year’s show, but I can tell you that you will get the same amazing music, light show, and a story song as a rock opera that will leave you amazed with the newest tour for 2014. Read more below from TSO creator Paul O’Neill about this year’s tour and go and get your tickets before they sell out!

“After kicking off the New Year in front of two million fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, followed by our second European tour, the band felt that a perfect way to end the year would be to perform the only rock opera from the trilogy that has never been seen live. Some of the songs off The Christmas Attic have never been played live. As I have always said ‘it is fun to write the songs, it is fun to record them, but they are never really completed until we perform them in front of a live arena audience’. Of course the second half of the show will feature TSO iconic classics and fan favorites such as ‘Wizards In Winter,’ ‘Requiem’ and ‘Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24′”.

The Christmas Attic will also be re-released to coincide with the tour, complete with downloadable bonus tracks, as well as a special vinyl edition. The album’s (and stage production’s) narrative begins on Christmas Eve, when a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic. She decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents’ home while she should be asleep and there discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. A startling discovery in one of the letters, leads to an unlikely adventure.

“We spend a lot of time planning,” O’Neill confesses with a laugh, “and people are always telling me, ‘Paul, stop writing and start recording!’ It’s working out great, though. I feel lucky that it’s gone this long and that we get to do what we love for a living. The arts have incredible power, and with that comes incredible responsibility. Someone once said that if you want to change the world, don’t become a politician — write a book, write a great song. I believe in that, and that’s what Trans-Siberian Orchestra is about.”

“I’ve always believed that music has the power to transport and transform,” O’Neill explained. The original concept of Trans-Siberian Orchestra was how to make music have the most emotional impact. We always try to write melodies that are so infectious they don’t need lyrics and lyrics so poetic that they don’t need a melody, but when you combine the two together they create an alloy where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Once those songs are woven together into a tapestry they create a story which gives each song a third dimension. That was so much in the spirit of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, O’Neill explains. This is a group –a constantly morphing group– of extremely creative and talented individuals who are always trying to raise the bar of where a band can take its audience sonically, visually and emotionally. With that as our core ideal, the possibilities are endless.”

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Visit the website to purchase your tickets: http://www.trans-siberian.com/tour

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