Trans-Siberian Orchestra recently announced they will continue to tour following the death of founder Paul O’Neill, who died on April 5th at the age of 61. According to his autopsy report, the creator died from a prescription drug overdose. While the rest of the progressive rockers are still in mourning, they have every intention to continue with their 2017 Winter Tour including the tale, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.
The group shared the following heartfelt statement on their Facebook:
“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’!”