Despite the tragic death of Trans-Siberian Orchestra co-founder and creative force, Paul O’Neill, who passed away on April 5th at age 61 from a combination of prescription drugs, the band has vowed to return to the stage in his honor.
A statement reads as follows:
“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 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!”