Photo by Jason McEachern
Photo by Jason McEachern

As always, The Pure Rock Shop looks forward to covering the Pittsburgh Performance of the multi-platinum, progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), which will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

The highly anticipated 2022 winter tour is well underway, featuring “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – the Best of TSO & More.” After its first year off the road in more than two decades, TSO made a triumphant return to touring in 2021 with a 25th anniversary celebration of Christmas Eve and Other Stories. For 2022, TSO brings a completely updated presentation of the unforgettable, multi-generational holiday tradition, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 60 cities across the nation.  This year’s tour kicked off on November 16 with performances in Green Bay and Council Bluffs, and will conclude after 101 shows on December 30 (see itinerary below and visit www.trans-siberian.com for the latest).

Keeping with the O’Neill’s vision (Paul O’Neill, and his wife Desi), TSO remains one of rock’s most charitable bands. Once again, thankfully, TSO will give at least $1 from every ticket sold to charity. To date, approximately $18 million has been donated by the group. Desi O’Neill said, “we want to thank the fans so much for the kindness they showed in coming out last year. It meant the world to our family. Moreover, the credit for any charitable donation is due to you not us. The only way we are able to help all is because of you.”

A product of the imagination of TSO’s late founder Paul O’Neill, and his wife Desi, and based on TSO’s multi-platinum CD and TV special, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” 2022’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers including “Wizards In Winter,” “A Mad Russian’s Christmas,” and many more.

“It was so special to be back playing live last year. When you love something as much as we do and it’s taken away, it made us super thankful to be back. I look forward to seeing all our ‘repeat offenders’ and all our new friends when we hit the road,” said TSO’s music director and lead guitarist Al Pitrelli. “I love all of Paul’s stories, but ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ is one of my favorites and can’t wait to unveil this incredibly amazing new show for everyone. We know some people may be having tough times, so we worked hard with the local promoters and arenas to have a low priced $29 ticket to do our part in helping out. God Bless all of you and see you in November and December when we celebrate in-person once again.” 

For more details on tour dates and ticket sales, visit www.trans-siberian.com. December dates are as follows:

12/1/2022 Rochester NY Blue Cross Arena 7:00 PM
12/1/2022 Fresno CA Save Mart Center 7:00 PM
12/2/2022 Toledo OH Huntington Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/2/2022 Sacramento CA Golden 1 Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/3/2022Dayton OH Nutter Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/3/2022 Ontario CA Toyota Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/4/2022 Grand Rapids MI Van Andel Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/4/2022 Phoenix AZ Footprint Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/7/2022 Lexington KY Rupp Arena 7:00 PM
12/7/2022 Austin TX Moody Center 7:00 PM
12/8/2022 Knoxville TN Thompson-Boling Arena 7:00 PM
12/8/2022 Oklahoma City OK Paycom Center 7:00 PM
12/9/2022 Greenville SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/9/2022 Little Rock AR Simmons Bank Arena 7:30 PM
12/10/2022 Charlotte NC Spectrum Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/10/2022 St Louis MO Enterprise Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/11/2022 Atlanta GA Gas South District 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
12/11/2022 Indianapolis IN Gainbridge Fieldhouse 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/14/2022 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 7:00 PM
12/14/2022 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 7:00 PM
12/15/2022 Charlottesville VA John Paul Jones Arena 7:00 PM
12/15/2022 Birmingham AL BJCC 7:00 PM
12/16/2022 Allentown PA PPL Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/16/2022 Jacksonville FL VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 PM
12/17/2022 Pittsburgh PA PPG Paints Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/17/2022 Orlando FL Amway Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/18/2022 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/18/2022 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
12/21/2022 Hershey PA Giant Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/21/2022 Chicago IL Allstate Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22/2022 Buffalo NY KeyBank Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/22/2022 Milwaukee WI Fiserv Forum 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/23/2022 Columbus OH Nationwide Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/23/2022 St Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/26/2022 Washington DC Capital One Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/26/2022 Kansas City MO T-Mobile Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27/2022 Newark NJ Prudential Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/28/2022 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/29/2022 Detroit MI Little Caesars Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/29/2022 Houston TX Toyota Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/30/2022 Cleveland OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/30/2022 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

You can check out our 2021 coverage here, and an interview with guitarist Chris Caffery surrounding the release of his sophomore Spirits of Fire album from earlier this year.

For more from current and past TSO members, visit our archives. Check out our Interview with Chris Caffery about his debut Spirits of Fire Album, and also be sure to check out our interview with Chris regarding his solo album Jester’s Court, as well as more from the TSO family including an interview with frontman Nathan James from Inglorious and one with Joel Hoekstra about the Whitesnake album Flesh & Blood and an interview with Jeff Scott Soto discussing his solo work. 

Most recently, check out our coverage of the Wizards of Winter ensemble from November 2021 at The Lamp in Greensburg and if you really want to hit the archives, check out this interview with musical director Al Pitrelli from his time with Megadeth.

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