TSO will play Green Bay Jan. 2

TransSiberian Orchestra will perform at the Resch Center on Jan. 2, 2015.
TransSiberian Orchestra will perform at the Resch Center on Jan. 2, 2015.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s winter tour – “The Christmas Attic” – will stop at the Resch Center on Jan. 2, 2015, the group announced Friday.

The announcement lists two shows, 4 & 8pm, but it is unclear if that is Eastern or Central time.

While 1998’s The Christmas Attic features one of the band’s most popular songs “Christmas Canon,” surprisingly, it is the only album of The Christmas Trilogy never to be performed live. The 2014 Winter Tour will find TSO playing more than 120 shows in 71 cities across North America.

TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill explains, “After kicking off the New Year in front of two million fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, followed by our second European tour, the band felt that a perfect way to end the year would be to perform the only rock opera from the trilogy that has never been seen live. Some of the songs off The Christmas Attic have never been played live. As I have always said ‘it is fun to write the songs, it is fun to record them, but they are never really completed until we perform them in front of a live arena audience.’ Of course the second half of the show will feature, TSO iconic classics and fan favorites, such as ‘Wizards In Winter,’ ‘Requiem’ and ‘Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24′.”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rock opera, The Christmas Attic will be re-released, to coincide with the tour, complete with bonus tracks, as well as a special vinyl edition. Called an “…inspiring story…” by USA Today and “Majestic, sweeping…” by Billboard magazine. The album’s (and stage production’s) narrative begins on Christmas Eve, when a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic.  She decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents’ home while she should be asleep and there discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. A startling discovery in one of the letters, leads to an unlikely adventure.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 12 through the TSO website.

The tour also stops in Milwaukee Dec. 29, and Madison Jan. 3.

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