Here's one sure sign that the live concert industry is returning back to business as usual: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the beloved seasonal arena rock ensemble, is returning to the road.
The band's 2021 tour kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 17, with shows in both Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, with an itinerary that includes 99 shows in 59 cities before wrapping up on Thursday, Dec. 30, with performances in Cleveland and St. Louis.
"Obviously, it isn’t exactly like in years past," said drummer Jeff Plate. "We still have COVID hanging over our heads and we’ve got to be very cautious and be smart about all of this, but everybody’s just so excited about getting back to work and doing what we do."
This weekend's area dates include Friday, Nov. 19, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania; Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania; and Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
The tour continues Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, followed by: Friday, Dec. 17, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia; Saturday, Dec. 18, at the UBS Arena in Belmont, New York; Sunday, Dec. 19, at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo; Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Prudential Center in Newark; and Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
The band plays both evening and matinee shows in Hershey, Wilkes Barre, Philadelphia, Bellmont, Allentown, Newark and Pittsburgh, and just evening shows at the other area engagements.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is touring in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the band's triple-platinum-selling 1996 debut album, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories."
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Boasting the signature single "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)," the work of late TSO founder, composer and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who died in 2017, bears a particular contemporary resonance thanks to its message of hopeful resilience in the face of adversity.
“It’s about hope. It’s about getting through some dark times. It’s about (how) people are alone at Christmas time, people have faith at Christmas time," said Plate. "All of this connects with everybody ... "
For a full list of tour dates, tickets and more information on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 2021 tour, visit trans-siberian.com/tour.
Alex Biese has been writing about art, entertainment, culture and news on a local and national level for more than 15 years.
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