There are few acts that put on a bigger production than Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Since their start almost twenty years ago, the band hasn’t let up, selling over ten million albums and ten million concert tickets sold. They’re even breaking records across the globe.
“In 2014, we set a world record for Berlin; 2.1 million people at Brandenburg Gate,” says O’Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s current success. But the band’s first show wasn’t for millions, or even thousands. It was more like dozens.
Years ago, when CBS-FM morning show host Scott Shannon first met O’Neill, he invited him to Blythedale Children’s Hospital, where Shannon holds annual benefit shows to raise money. O’Neill instantly fell in love with the cause focused on helping children from the area, a soft spot for the native New Yorker.
“It is true. And it got us (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) grounded, what counts in life and what doesn’t count in life,” says O’Neill of the performance in the hospital’s auditorium. “It definitely opened my eyes.”
Trans-Siberian Orchestra has a new, non-Christmas album set for release on October 30th called Letters From The Labyrinth. Upcoming shows include two at the Mohegan Sun on November 27th and two at the Prudential Center on December 12th, at 3pm and 8pm, for their rock opera The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. Tickets are available through LiveNation.
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