Though it's been acknowledged previously, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has made it official; The group WILL tour again this year in the wake of founder and creative director Paul O'Neill's death.
In a message on its official web site, TSO has posted a message that, "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 an 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."
No dates for the tour have been announced yet; TSO generally sends two companies on the road during October and carries through to just before New Year's Eve.
O'Neill passed away April 5 at the age of 61 from accidental intoxication of painkillers to combat a number of chronic illnesses.
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