Trans-Siberian Orchestra has released “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Radio Special” for the upcoming holiday season.

The hour-long special includes exclusive new interviews from Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, and Jeff Plate. The three band members shared stories from past tours, the height of their appreciation for their favorite TSO songs, and other interesting nuggets about holiday rock music.

Watch the video special below!

The band’s holiday tour, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More,” kicked off on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Wisconsin. The tour includes stops in 60 cities across the US, including two shows at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, Dec. 18.

  • Al Pitrelli

    Lead guitarist Al Pitrelli talked about the year-round production required for a band most commonly associated with the holiday season.

    “It really never goes to bed. It takes a good eight, nine, ten months to get this thing up and running. It’s become so monstrous. It’s grown up, and it literally is a year-round, full-time job.”

  • Chris Caffery

    Guitarist Chris Caffery spoke about one of his favorite TSO songs, “A Mad Russian’s Christmas,” and how engaged he feels when performing the song.

    “I think the name says it all, but for me it’s so classic because it incorporates heavy metal, hard rock, rock, classical, all different kinds of music into one TSO classic instrumental. I just love playing that one live because it’s got lots of different things of light and shade. It stops. It goes. It’s just one to really perform and run around the stage and interact with the band on stage every single show.”

  • Jeff Plate

    Drummer Jeff Plate spoke with a sense of nostalgia about his childhood years playing outside during the winters in the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York.

    “Every time I play ‘Siberian Snowmen,’ so many memories run through my head, from snowball fights to building snowmen to snow forts to sled riding to toboggans. It was so much fun.”

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