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Trans-Siberian Orchestra coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

The holiday rock spectacular returns for two shows in (when else?) December.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing their annual holiday tour to Amalie Arena on Dec. 15. (Times files)
Published Aug. 19
Updated Aug. 19

Already thinking about the holidays? Exhausted by the sight (in August!) of Christmas cards and ornaments in stores?

Either way, it’s that time of year again: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has announced a return trip to Tampa.

The holiday rock spectacular, which has roots in Tampa Bay, is returning to Amalie Arena for two shows on Dec. 15. Tickets to the show, billed as an “all-new” show dubbed Christmas Eve and Other Stories, will go on pre-sale to fan club members on Sept. 4 and the public Sept. 9, with a general on-sale to follow Sept. 13.

TSO shows haven’t changed much over the past few years, despite the death of founder and leader Paul O’Neill in 2017. The band’s longtime members have kept the show going without much change, which means there’s still plenty of lasers, pyro and holiday bombast to go around.

READ MORE: Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

“He is our founder, our leader, writer, composer, our producer — he is the man and the mind behind everything you’re seeing and hearing this afternoon," lead guitarist and musical director Al Pitrelli told fans during TSO’s first show in Tampa following O’Neill’s death. “And at the end of all that, he’s our brother.”

That’s especially true in Tampa. O’Neill recruited some of the earliest members of TSO, including collaborator Jon Oliva, from the old Tarpon Springs metal band Savatage. He eventually moved to Tampa, bringing the band’s creative base with him.

Click here for details on Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 2019 tour.


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